AUSTIN, MN --It started with platters and bowls heaped with tasty fresh-cooked food _ a taco bar and a build-your-own-casserole table. Before long, as comfort levels rose, people began to hold each other’s babies, toddlers from South Sudan played with pre-schoolers from Central America, and grandmothers from continents apart began to share stories about their grandchildren. And we began to feel the impact of “intentional social inte... Read More
Political humorist Mark Shields has said that a week can be a lifetime in politics and three months can be an eternity. How true for Obamacare and MNSure… About two eternities (six months) ago, things were not looking good for the Affordable Care Act. The much decried audition of the www.healthcare.gov website emboldened opponents of the Affordable Care Act to declare victory, asserting that the website’s failure had sealed the fai... Read More
One particular theme in President Obama’s State of the Union address resonated for us at Growth & Justice. And we think it might have drawn the most bi-partisan applause from business owners, educators and philanthropic leaders. As he described a vigorous new effort to address growing inequality, the President offered specific policy prescriptions to re-vitalize our workforce with new investments and reforms for A... Read More
The roll-out of Healthcare.gov, the federal online marketplace to purchase insurance under Obamacare, has been beleaguered and ridiculed, to say the least. The media and talk-show hosts have had a field day, and of course the “botched roll out” has been the target of unrelenting criticism from Congressional Republicans. On November 14th, House Speaker John Boehner declared, “The only way to fully pr... Read More
Affluent and highly educated parents begin steering their own children at a very early age toward post-secondary completion. By middle school or high school these advantaged kids often are already likely or assured of admission and completion. We know from our research at Growth & Justice that early and aggressive efforts to get ALL students on track to some post-secondary training or education pay off. &n... Read More
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