ecm editorial board

As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy and well being.

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The governor, legislators and Minnesota citizens all received good news in December. Minnesota Management and Budget, formerly known as the State Finance Department, in its most recent economic forecast projected an improvement in the state’s economic position of more than a billion dollars for the current two-year budget cycle.

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Financing the education of Minnesota’s kindergarten through grade 12 students takes nearly half of the state’s annual budget and by constitutional provision the funds must support a “uniform system” of public schools so that each student receives an “adequate” education.

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