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As we approach the next legislative session and the next state election, we need to avoid the false dichotomy of taxes vs. spending. Let’s accept that our taxes are about right and that we do indeed need to invest in beneficial public services at the current level. Our focus should be on how Minnesota can be more productive in all of its sectors — not only public, but nonprofit and private as well. Productivity is what built our great state, and it is what will keep Minnesota a great state.
Jay Kiedrowski is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
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