“Right to Work?”

EPIlogo06_125px   In a blog post on the Levins Publishing Website by Andy Timming and Richard Levins they try to help us understand what this policy is about: What, exactly, is Right to Work? One thing for certain: it is NOT what it sounds like. The name “right to work” is a clever scam to mislead […]

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Jeff Johnson 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 Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of JOBS NOW COALITION

Join me Nov. 9th at 6pm KYMN Radio 1080 AM for a conversation about the job situation in Minnesota with Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of the Minnesota JOBS NOW Coalition. JOBS NOW Coalition is statewide research and policy coalition dedicated to promoting jobs that pay a family supporting wage—enough for a family to pay […]

Sorting Out Our School Levy Referendum – Nov. 8

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about whether or not there is enough funding for our local schools and whether more funding will help the schools or not. Again you here that tired phrase, “We must live with in our means. We only have so much money.” It is true for some but not […]

Economy Talk with Rep. Tom Rukavina

Listen in Wed. October 19th at 6pm on KYMN radio 1080 AM or on line at kymnradio.net. We’ll be talking about higher education and workforce development in Minnesota and the effects of growing inequality in Minnesota and the rest of the country. Rep. Tom Rukavina was a contender for the DFL nomination for Governor. A […]

Economy Talk: Income Inequality and the Recession

My guest this week on Economy Talk is Martha Paas  (Ph.D. Bryn Mawr) is a macroeconomist who teaches courses in economic history, the history of economic thought, and the economics of the arts. She has lectured and written widely on demography and economic change in early modern Europe , and has a new book forthcoming […]

The Death of the Middle Class

My friend Jonathan Larson has an interesting blog he calls “Real Economics.” I visit it frequently but found today’s entry on inequality, worth sharing. It includes a video report on how the middle class is at its worst position in 100 years.  You’ll find a link to the whole blog entry and video.   Friday, […]

The Opportunity Society

      I believe in a society where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.  We may not all reach it but we should strive to create a society where such a thing is possible.  This means excepting the reality that a democracy, that economic fairness and potential don’t happen by […]

Economy Talk: Richard 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.  We’ll take on the subject of what it  means for the next generation as our state and country retreats from investing in them and their future.  The […]
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