Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The death of former Minnesota Governor, Wendell Anderson and the Minnesota Miracle

1973 Time Magazine cover featuring Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson.

Commonly called the "Minnesota Miracle,_ it was under Wendell Anderson that in 1971 the Minnesota State Legislature passed a pathbreaking financing system for local government, sharing tax revenues between the state and local governments, restricting local governments from passing local add-on taxes in return, and equalizing revenues between wealthy and poorer jurisdictions for municipal and school system functions.

-- Wendell Anderson, former Minnesota governor, dead at 83," Minneapolis Star-Tribune
-- "Wendell Anderson and the Minnesota Miracle," Minneapolis Star-Tribune
-- Minnesota scrutinizes 40-year-old 'Miracle'," Minnesota Public Radio, 2011
-- Overview - Public Education Funding Reform: The "Minnesota Miracle," Minnesota Historical Society
-- Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked, University of Minnesota Press, 2012

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