Other Policy Issues

Includes civil service issues, government redesign, price of government, and a host of other topics which are intimately connected to tax and fiscal policy debates.

March 14, 2016

Funding a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The alleged growing impotence of the gas tax is exaggerated, and alternative user fees may help at some point in the future. But the real key to transportation funding adequacy and sustainability likely demands a return to an old fashioned public finance ideal.

March 14, 2016

A Perspective on the “Local Price of All Government” in Minnesota

A look at government’s “all in” fiscal footprint -- local, state, and federal -- at the county level.

May 29, 2015

A Math Problem Called Education Finance

The balking and resistance to universal pre-K is symptomatic of a larger issue: the failure of state education aid to keep up with the rising costs of school district collective bargaining agreements.