‘Neanderthal’ North Dakota has cleaner air than Minnesota

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Commentary, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton calls North Dakota’s approach to climate change “neanderthal” despite the state having better air quality than his own.

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Drink up! Taxpayers back bad loans for country clubs, boats, wineries

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  California, Federal Government, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

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Sonoma wine maker Vance Rose admits his timing was bad and isn’t happy that taxpayers are left paying the debt.

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Man bites dog: Politicians vote against spending public money on soccer stadium

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Here’s a story that doesn’t often get written: Politicians in Minnesota voted against spending public money on a new stadium.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Behind the Headlines — The economics behind taxpayer-funded stadiums

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Minnesota, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Victor Matheson, a professor of sports economics at The College of The Holy Cross to discuss a stunning development in Minnesota: politicians voted against using public funding for a new soccer stadium.

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Watchdog Podcast: Sit Down, Shut Up — Yik Yak-ing about school choice

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


This is “Sit Down And Shut Up,” Watchdog.org’s podcast examining education issues at the national, state and local levels.

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MNsure audit confirms ‘seriously flawed’ rollout of health insurance exchange

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Health Care, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Well intentioned, but not well executed.

That’s a phrase that could describe any number of government programs, and on Tuesday that was the way state auditors summed up a difficult first year for Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange program.

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