MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/13

What happened to GOPers looking to the market to set prices?

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

…senior executives in Minnesota state government had been earning well below the market price being paid peers from other jurisdictions and states. Moreover, I would argue that Commissioners in Minnesota should be paid well above the 50th percentile, since Minnesota is a relatively high income state, ranking 11th highest in the nation.

What do Republicans – stalwart champions for trusting the market to determine prices – think about this market snapshot?

Child poverty map demonstrates need for more state investment in economic opportunity

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Ben Horowitz

Poverty is more common among Minnesota children than adults, and child poverty is highest in rural counties. This information is presented visually in our project with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Mapping Minnesota’s Future to Shared Opportunities.

Bus rapid transit delayed on Penn Ave N (and why that’s a good thing)

from North by Northside by Jeff Skrenes

And that’s a good thing, because anyone advocating for bike lanes on Penn was completely blindsided at the last meeting where the community vote on a design preference would be brought to the Penn Avenue Community Works steering committee.  Throughout 2014, the community had been narrowing down our design choices to either bike lanes on Penn with the loss of some parking, or no bike lanes on Penn whatsoever, more parking and vehicular traffic, and (to be fair) more pedestrian amenities.  Those two designs were known as 1A (no bike lanes) and 2A (bike lanes).

Every road for every person

from streets.mn by Walker Angell

Our roads have historically been for transportation by whatever means someone had available. For several centuries this meant feet, horse, or donkey. Bicycles were added to the mix about 1870 and cars some 30 years later. By the 1970’s, however, our roads had become car-only thoroughfares. Other modes were largely banished—to sidewalks or increasingly to nothing.

Tech High: A tradition of excellence, a future in flux

from For the Love of Minnesota by Claire VanderEyk

I always loved that, even though I lived where trees and corn fields outnumber people, I attended school across the street from Lake George and within walking distance to downtown or St. Cloud State University. I imagine the experience of attending St. Cloud Technical High School (commonly referred to as Tech) would be even more energizing today, with the revitalization of downtown and the restoration of Lake George. All the more reason I was disheartened to hear that the St. Cloud School District has elected to build a new school, thereby vacating the 1917 building where I attended classes.

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