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Justin Stofferahn

Justin Stofferahn

Justin Stofferahn lives in White Bear Township and is a public affairs professional who has worked on a variety of tax and economic development issues and is a member of the Minnesota Main Street Alliance leadership team.

COMMENTARY

Minnesota can play a big role in challenging corporate power

By: - November 21, 2022

This is part of an occasional series on the new threat of monopoly power on America’s economy and political system. Read part 1 on efforts to curb monopoly power in the 19th century. Part 2 on how the successful effort to curb monopoly power helped build the middle class. Part 3 on the Reagan-era intellectual […]

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Robert Bork helped dismantle anti-monopoly policy, and we’re living with the consequences

By: - September 15, 2022

This is the third in an occasional series on the new threat of monopoly power on America’s economy and political system. Read part 1 on efforts to curb monopoly power in the 19th century. And part 2 on how the successful effort to curb monopoly power helped build the middle class.  “Oh, yes, they’ll cut […]

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From one Roosevelt to another: How we cracked down on corporate power and built a middle class

By: - August 15, 2022

This is the second in an occasional series on the new threat of monopoly power on America’s economy and political system. Read part 1 on efforts to curb monopoly power in the 19th century.  In 1912 former president Theodore Roosevelt and New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson barnstormed the country debating how to tackle corporate power. […]

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We’ve fought monopoly power before — we can do it again

By: - August 2, 2022

This is the first in an occasional series of commentaries on the new threat of monopoly power on America’s economy and political system.  While billionaires get wealthier and corporate profits set new records, the rest of us are left with inflation, shortages, stagnant wages, hollowed out communities and a society increasingly driven by extremism and […]

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Democrats need to become antimonopolists again | Opinion

By: - June 1, 2022

Inflation has skyrocketed, real wages are declining for many people, and baby formula is nowhere to be found. With polling consistently finding rising prices as the top concern of voters, these interlocking economic crises are likely to have a major impact on November’s elections, with a bleak outlook for Democrats currently.  It would seem obvious […]

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Minnesota needs a strong price gouging statute | Opinion

By: - March 16, 2022

In New York last week, Attorney General Letitia James launched a rule-making process aimed at combatting what her office called “illegal price gouging and corporate greed.” The move is an effort to shield New Yorkers from rising prices and is an innovative attempt to use the state’s price-gouging statute to challenge concentrated corporate power.  Here […]

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Minnesota must curb anti-competitive tactics if it wants to be an innovation center | Opinion

By: and - March 3, 2021

Minnesota was Silicon Valley before Silicon Valley. Fueled by government contracts for code-breaking machines during WWII, Minnesota companies were leaders in the computing revolution that transformed our world.  Today, policymakers are seeking to recapture that past glory and build a tech ecosystem to rival the hub out West. Standing in the way of that vision […]