Who's healthy, who's not: By race, income, neighborhood in Twin Cities area A child born into one of the wealthier areas of the Twin Cities - say, certain neighborhoods in Edina or Eagan - will likely live at least eight years longer than a child born into an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood. That finding and others being released today demonstrate disturbing inequities in health among Twin Cities area residents. ... Read More
Fine print is refreshing in Washington Monthly's community-college rankings You know those magazine stories that rank things: Top 10 places to live; top 20 law schools and so on? My favorite part is always the editors note that outlines the methodology. So often the criteria used to get to best seem to have been arrived at because they are easy to quantify, not because they tell us how likely we are to ... Read More
Minnesota: Progressives mobilizing post-WellstonePioneer Press | May 11, 2003By Bill Salisbury Minnesota Democrats took their worst beating in a generation Nov. 5, losing the late Paul Wellstone's U.S. Senate seat, the governor's race, and a host of other statewide and legislative elections. But while the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party may be down, liberal Minnesotans are picking themselves up off the mat. Mad as hell that the new GOP domini... Read More
Our view: Growth & Justice has big goals to reach St. Cloud Times | May 15, 2003 Growth & Justice is a new public policy think tank in Minnesota with an ambitious mission: Generate progressive statewide policies on issues critical to all Minnesotans, including livable wages, health care and taxes. Sound like a pipe dream, especially considering the political chaos at the Capitol? Maybe, but it's a mission worth pursuing, especiall... Read More
Star Tribune Editorial: What Minnesota could do with more college gradsStar Tribune | February 15, 2004 By Lori SturdevantIn Minnesota, the natives are probably more winter-weary than restless right now. But among policy wonks, a subspecies that frequents the Capitol, restlessness is on the rise. They say it seems like years since they grappled with a truly big idea for solving a big problem. Let's be fair now: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has put a few... Read More
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