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Dane Smith: Dayton’s budget: Consider value, not just price

Legendary playwright and poet Oscar Wilde famously scoffed at cynics who seemed to know “the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” And that critique might apply to those who focus too much on the net revenue increases in Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax-and-budget plan unveiled this week, and not enough on the enormous value of the public investments for which those taxes pay.

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Steven Schier: Assessing Obama’s and America’s future

What is the future of American politics and the Obama presidency in the wake of the 2012 elections? Nicol Rae, a distinguished scholar of American politics, addresses this question in his chapter in the forthcoming book “The American Elections of 2012,” which I co-edited with Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier of Ohio State University.

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