Wellstone: Politics Should Be About Improving People’s Lives

I was inspired by Erin Murphy’s campaign for Governor because she argued we can actually solve the societal problems we face if we just put our political will to work. We hear too often that we might as well just accept the world as it is because these problems are just too big for us […]

Jeffrey Sachs and “Future Now”

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University Professor and director of the Earth Institute has joined entrepreneur Adam Pritzker and former New York State Senator Daniel Squadron to begin the Future Now project to achieve ‘America’s Goals’ by 2030. Much of the proposal is mentioned in his recent book, Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable. Much of what […]

TRUMP’S WRONG HEADED TAX CUT PROPOSALS DENY US ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WE FACE

    The President and his allies in Congress are talking about their big plans for ‘huge’ tax cuts in the midst of massive weather related destruction. Making outrageous claims that this is what will bring about ‘tremendous’ economic growth, increased wages and increased job creation right here in America. All this from a man […]

Broadband Expansion Considered

The House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee heard arguments for expanding broadband in the State. “Broadband is the future of Minnesota,” said Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “Minnesota lags behind in technology. Good broadband is a need and it’s frustrating to people when they don’t have the tools that they need.” According to […]

Health Care Exchange Signed by Governor

Friday the House passed a bill that would fund  a new state agency charged with running a health care exchange.  The agency would work with insurance carriers who would sell health care plans through a state website. According to the Minnesota Legislature’s Session Daily, more than one million consumers are expected to purchase health insurance […]

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Over the past several months I have brought you 30 conversations dealing with our current economic situation.  I invited guests from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk with me about how our economy works, how we ended up in a deep recession and how we might get out of it.  In addition I […]

Economy Talk with Dr. Richard A. Levins

My guest for this coming Wednesday’s installment of Economy Talk is Dr. Richard A. Levins, author, lecturer and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Levins has been doing a lot of thinking about the middle class and he is working with me on a re-write of my book, The Middle […]

Economy Talk with Dr. Hsiao: Vermont Single Payer

Last Sunday, I attended a presentation sponsored by the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition. Renowned economist, Dr.  William Hsiao  spoke about the recently signed law for a single payer system in the State of Vermont. Dr. Hsiao is the K.T. Li Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  He is one of the most interesting figures in […]

Checking the Health of the Middle Class

MN2o20 published a commentary I wrote, here is the beginning and a link to it: Checking the Health of the Middle Class August 15, 2011 By David Bly, Guest Commentary Ask any public official or private manager these days and they’ll tell you, “The increasing cost of providing health care access is killing us.” It […]
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