Stephen Moore thinks that the Republicans in Congress could learn a lesson from the GOP leadership here in Minnesota. Here is his conclusion:

Republicans did agree to new revenues through bonding tobacco settlement money and shifting education payments — an accounting trick to create the fiction of savings. They also may have to agree to drop policy riders on abortion and other issues unrelated to money.

Still, it’s a big victory for House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who led the fight. It’s also a win for Minnesotans, who won’t face new taxes or unsustainable spending. Republicans remained committed to the principles that won them legislative majorities in November for the first time in more than two decades. Let’s hope lawmakers in Washington were watching.


The St. Paul Solution appeared in WSJ’s political diary. Moore is not the only observer to note the similarity between President Obama and Governor Dayton.