Dane Smith will move to a new role after decade leading Growth & Justice The Board of Directors begins search for new president After more than a decade of productive leadership at the helm of one of Minnesota’s most influential and respected public policy organizations, Dane Smith is announcing plans to retire as president of Growth & Justice by early 2018. Board of Directors Chair Kim Lowe will lead a board search in the next... Read More
Bridging the Metro-Rural Divide Our presentation on how to build a One Minnesota policy framework, bridging the metro-rural divide, was one of the most popular breakout sessions at the annual League of Minnesota Cities conference, held last week in Rochester. From the League’s summary of our presentation: “Matt Schmit (Policy & Projects Director for Growth & Justice) described the lack of direction that comes from divis... Read More
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Session and Budget Done, Now a Constitutional Crisis? DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this week approved all major budget and tax bills passed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, averting a protracted deadlock and a state government shutdown. Now all eyes are on Dayton’s apparently unprecedented line-item veto of the Legislature’s own operating budget, in response to the Legislature’s similarly unusual threat to defund ... Read More
Minuses and Pluses of the 2017 Session As you receive this week’s E-News, the Minnesota Legislature is grinding through an overtime special session, working through the details of an overall budget agreement that will at least avert a state government shutdown. We’ll be analyzing the outcomes with our partners in various coalitions for the next few days and weeks. We know enough to be concerned. Despite a large pro... Read More
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