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Economic Development

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Green Research Needed for Minnesota Bats and Bridges

Minnesota is ripe for a bridge building industry that would revive lumber production in the state, put northern Minnesota mills and mill workers back in action, and spur “green” economic investment in the state, insists a leading green economic development specialist. Carol Coren, founder and principal with the Cornerstone Ventures group, said Minnesota is among 10 states with timber resources and forest industries that would greatly benefit from a “green” approach to repairing and replacing older bridges with wood expanses and structures. The concrete and steel industries have dominated road…

Voter ID is Bad Public Policy

This past week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s Voter ID law, which will require Wisconsinites to present a photo ID to vote. Governor Walker’s effort is part of a recent push by conservative state governments across the country to pass restrictive voter laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud. Interestingly, voter fraud is mostly a myth. In particular, photo ID laws can only prevent in-person voter fraud—where a voter pretends to be someone else —which is virtually non-existent. No one in Minnesota has ever…