What is the economic state of Bemidji and Beltrami County? How has the recession hit this region … and how has it come out of that economic downturn. We ask people who live in Beltrami County to tell us what they see when it comes to the economy in advance of a live forum on June 21. Please join in.
Why do families spend tens of thousands of dollars for young people to earn college degrees? A worthy question, considering how tuition has skyrocketed, along with the enrollment levels at schools. An online debate at MPR tackled the question: Has a push to increase college enrollment cheapened college standards? This is a wrap-up of the week-long debate.
You want reform of state government, you may not have a better shot than with a large budget shortfall. But state lawmakers are going to have to get their negotiating act together soon if real long-term answers are going to be part of the budget solution. This was the takeaway from a state leadership forum at the Humphrey Institute Monday.
Check into a live blog featuring current Minnesota legislators and budget-makers. The event at the Humphrey Institute, will look at whether common ground can be found on the $5 billion budget shortfall.
MPR’s Insight Now poses questions on lifting the Sunday alcohol sales and what you would say if you gave the governor’s State of the State speech.
Should cash-strapped schools end mandatory busing? A conversation on school finances and what the money should pay for.
Would a cash-strapped, city-owned hospital in the Iron Range lose its community spirit if it were to merge? “Not on my watch,” said Virginia Mayor Steve Peterson during an online forum on rural health care in Iron Range.