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The Minnesota Free Market Institute Weekly Update
Friday, April 10, 2009


 


Media Alert!
Tune into Fox Business network at 5:20PM CST, today, Friday April 10 to see Minnesota Free
Market Institute President Pat Anderson
discuss the Minnesota Tea Party
movement with anchor Charles Payne.

In This Issue
Record Crowds Expected for Next Wednesday’s Tea Party at the MN Capitol
Legislation Could Help or Hinder Charter Public Schools
Must Reads
Seats Still Available for the Spring Policy Luncheon with Lawrence McQuillan on April 14


Record Crowds Expected for Next Wednesday’s Tea Party at the MN Capitol
  


Over 500 cities across the nation are hosting Tax Day Tea
Parties next week.  Here in Minnesota, we have 13 scheduled events
including the Saint Paul Tea Party being held at the state capitol Wednesday
evening.  Needless to say, response has been overwhelming.  

The folks involved in this movement are not your typical political
activists.  They are a diverse crowd, representing all political
parties, but united in their belief that the federal government is heading down
the wrong track with its bailouts, stimulus packages, huge federal deficits and
spending levels and numerous proposed tax increases.
There is a deep concern that America has strayed far from
its roots and constitutional powers and is headed into decline.

We hope all our members take the time next week to attend their local Tea
Party.  Please make your voices heard before it’s too late.
For more information, go to the Minnesota Tea Party site. Patricia Anderson is President of the Minnesota Free Market Institute.

 


Legislation Could Help or Hinder Charter Public Schools

Minnesota was the first state to use charter schools as a way of
bringing innovation to public education. While nine states have no
legal provisions for charter schools, Minnesota has the strongest
charter laws in the nation, according to the Center for Education
Reform, a pro-charter group based in Washington, D.C.
And if legislators act carefully, Minnesota could have an even
better policy environment for charter schools at the end of the session.
  

Charter public schools not only have their own governing boards, but
they also have sponsoring organizations (sometimes called authorizers)
that are responsible for ensuring they meet the academic, fiscal and
governance terms of their charter. Minnesota leads the nation in
charter schools, in part, because it allows multiple types of
organizations (colleges, nonprofits, the department of education, etc.)
to serve as sponsors. In some states, by contrast, charter schools must
be legally and financially part of school districts. By embedding
charters within districts, those states weaken the power of charter
schools to serve as laboratories of innovation.

A key question about charter schools is “Who oversees the
overseers?” And what happens when some sponsors are not up to the job?

Read more John LaPlante is a Policy Fellow at the Minnesota Free Market Institute


Must Reads

Chris Ayres. Chill winds take heat off global warming Times Online
We’ve known all along that global warming skepticism wasn’t just reserved to a few nutters and mad scientists but it’s nice to see a major member of the mainstream media acknowledge it too, with the skepticism expressed publicly by Nobel prize winning scientist Physicist Freeman Dyson.  

Richard W. Rahn. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose. Washington Times.

The capital gains tax counts inflation as a gain that can be taxed.

Resenting the Rich. The Economist Debates

Following on the theme of last week’s issue’s lead editorial the Economist magazine sponsors an online debate between Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute and Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics on whether the Rich should pay higher taxes.

In Case You Missed it from The Minnesota Free Market Institute

Craig Westover

John LaPlante State House Call

King Banaian SCSU Scholars


Seats Still Available for the Spring Policy Luncheon with Lawrence McQuillan on April 14
  

Join
us on April 14 at the Minneapolis Hilton for “The Sizzle of Economic
Freedom” with Lawrence J. McQuillan Ph.D., of the Pacific Research
Institute. Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 PM at the Hilton Minneapolis.  Cost is $35. Please
send checks to the Minnesota Free Market Institute, P.O. Box 120449,
St. Paul, MN 55112.  You may RSVP by calling Sara
Linert at 651-294-3593 x207; email  saral@mnfreemarketinstitute.org

Notable Quotes
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live
at the expense of everybody else.
–Frederic Bastiat, French Economist
(1801-1850)
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If
it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
subsidize it. –Ronald Reagan (1986)
  

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will
Rogers

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policy that limits government involvement in individual affairs and
promotes competition and consumer choice. By analyzing the actions of
the past and applying the enduring lessons of the free market, the
Minnesota Free Market Institute creates policy options for the future.
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