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March E-News: Working full throttle
Growth & Justice is working full throttle during this current legislative session, helping define and advance practical and progressive public policy for all Minnesotans, in an important election year.
Here are a few highlights:
G&J’s policy and research director, Maureen Ramirez, testified at a recent legislative hearing for expanding options for early college credit, which could put thousands more students on a faster, more affordable track to postsecondary completion. We’re also strong advocates for expanded early childhood education investment, as part of the MinneMinds coalition. Both efforts fit into our framework for smarter cradle-to-career interventions for closing race and income education gaps.
Just before the session began in late February, Dane and Maureen presented at the Capitol the latest findings and recommendations of G&J’s Workforce Equity for a Competitive Economy project. We are advocating for a comprehensive set of policy changes and investments that reduce inequities in employment and compensation by race.
G&J President Dane Smith presented this month at a Twin West Chamber of Commerce forum on the proposed minimum wage increase, where he made the case that higher pay provides incentives to work and reduces public costs for entitlements. A few days later, in the East Metro suburb of Woodbury, Smith moderated a forum about the MoveMN transportation package, which would address urgent transportation needs across the state. Dane also testified before the House Taxes Committee, urging legislators toward restraint in granting excessive permanent tax cuts that benefit high-income households.
Our commentary on Redefining Competitiveness landed on the cover of the Star Tribune’s Op-Ex section on March 23. We showed how consensus is shifting in Minnesota to a more holistic view of competitiveness, away from narrow demands for cheap labor and rock-bottom taxes, and toward policies that improve our workforce and physical infrastructure.
Growth & Justice is proud to recognize and commend two of our own in the 2014 class of Bush Leadership Fellows: board member Tane Danger, and policy and research director Maureen Ramirez. The Bush Foundation “seeks leaders who have already demonstrated exceptional gifts, who could benefit from intensive development through self-designed or academic programs, and who are committed to making the region a better place.” Congratulations, Tane and Maureen.
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