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. Mindy Greiling

Listen in Wed. October 26, at 6pm when I talk education funding with Rep. Mindy Greiling on KYMN radio 1080 AM or you can join us online at  As soon as the program is archived I will post the link. Former Education Finance Chair, Rep. Greiling says the result of the last session is: […]

Economy Talk with Rep. Tom Rukavina

Listen in Wed. October 19th at 6pm on KYMN radio 1080 AM or on line at 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 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: Growth 1929 to 2010 with Tor Dahl

  Join me Wed. Oct. 5th for a conversation with economist Tor Dahl about work he has been doing examining economic growth in the last century.  He says in a recent paper: “There are many variables that affect growth, including war and peace, unemployment and inflation, education and health, savings rate and innovation, technology and […]

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 […]

Economy Talk with Jennifer Labovitz

Join me this Wed. Sept. 21 for an interview with Jennifer Labovitz, chair of the Council on Crime and Justice.  We will talk about the economic impact of policies that have made America the number one jailer.  Spending so much on keeping so many people in prison takes a toll on our ability to fund […]

Economy Talk with Don Hill

Economy Talk, Wednesday Sept. 14th, join me for a conversation with former MEA President and public education advocate, Don Hill. We’ll talk about the importance of labor unions to our economy and give some talk back to all the public employee bashing we hear from the extreme right.  Maybe we’ll even talk about the recent census data, […]

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 […]

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