Click here to watch Dane's testimony or read his prepared comments below. Presentation to House-Senate Working Group on Disparities January 15, 2015 Representative Knoblach and Senator Champion, members of the working group, I’m Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a policy research and advocacy organization that seeks a more inclusive prosperity and greater equitable business growth for Minnesota. We especially value ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The gavels fell and inaugural festivities played out this week against a distinctly different and practical resolve to find common ground and to fix what divides us, to compromise and find solutions that equalize opportunities and outcomes in Minnesota. This is unusual and significant because we are back to divided state government again, after a two-year spell of DFL monopoly that only briefly interrupted... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT More than one common cause can unify our Republican state House and DFL state Senate and governor when they throw open the doors to the 2015 Legislature and begin deliberations on how to best invest in Minnesota’s future. Expansion of high-quality early childhood education, major transportation syste... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you are wondering whether Minnesota really needed both a sharp increase in the minimum wage AND a Women’s Economic Security Act AND various measures to reduce racial disparities, there is a brand new 50-page report that deserves your attention. “Making Work Pay in Minnesota,’’ a comprehensive study issued at the end of the legislative session by the House Select Committee on Livi... Read More
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