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 Robert Putnam, the acclaimed Harvard professor and author of the 2000 best-seller “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” was in Duluth recently to promote his new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” Both books emphasize the problem of growing isolation and community fragmentation for American society. His latest book asserts that this civic dise... Read More
Friends, As the 2015 legislative session enters its final month, Growth & Justice is working hard in support of workforce equity and alignment, community-based education partnerships, and major new investments in our early childhood and transportation infrastructure systems. Key highlights: ________________________________________ Early Childhood Needs Your Help Minnesota’s level of early childhood investment is currently in... 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
(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
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