Resilience in Southwestern MN Our latest MinnPost commentary helps allay concerns that rural Minnesota is in irreversible economic decline. The op-ed points to hopeful signs of innovation and initiative from the 13th Annual Bio Conference in Worthington, and cites examples of emerging technologies in agribusiness, interstate and international collaboration, improvements in rural workforce training, expanding broadband access, and continued supp... Read More
MABC Driver Diversion Program Gains Traction The St. Paul Pioneer Press revealed in a story last week how license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets can become a vicious circle and an unfair “debt trap” for low-income workers. The article goes on to describe a legislative effort to expand “driver diversion” programs, which allow folks to legally drive after making arrangements to gradually repay the tickets. Th... Read More
Our Rural Project Featured in Grand Forks Herald The Sunday March 19 edition of the Grand Forks Herald featured a package of three op-eds by our partners in the Minnesota Rural Equity Project, describing how the project’s legislative priorities can help strengthen the regional economy and reduce disparities in northwestern Minnesota. The op-eds focus on: increased investment in broadband and transportation infrastructure, more... Read More
Legislative Priorities for Rural Equity Project Growth & Justice and its partners in the Minnesota Rural Equity Project this week announced support for a dozen promising initiatives in the 2017 Legislature that can help revitalize local rural economies and reduce social and racial disparities in Greater Minnesota. The wide-ranging initiatives provide new investments and incentives including: early childhood care and education, expanding bro... Read More
MINNPOST Look closely at the orange and green splotches on new mapping of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and you’ll begin to understand why building the Southwest Light Rail Transit line (SWLRT) has become so important in special session negotiations, for both Minnesota business leaders and advocates for economic and racial justice. Orange blobs on these maps represent the largest concentrations of metro job vacancies, while the gre... Read More
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