MPR Highlights Our Minnesota Rural Equity Project Last week Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Weber engaged G&J President Dane Smith and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski in a 35-minute on-air conversation about what rural Minnesota needs to revitalize local economies and reduce inequalities and disparities. It was a great way to introduce our Minnesota Rural Equity Project to a wider audience of Minnesotans and thought leaders. Minn... Read More
Our Op-Ed on Spatial Mismatch and Transit Growth & Justice worked to the end pushing for a special legislative session and we are disappointed that divisive regional politics played the decisive role in preventing an agreement. Last week, in an op-ed published by MinnPost, we urged legislators to review a major new report by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. The study illustrates how the Southwest Light R... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s enviable but temporary projected budget surplus must be applied first to investing in our increasingly diverse workforce, easily the most important resource on which our long-term prosperity depends. Amid all the conventional signs of growth and prosperity at the top end, with high profits and low unemployment generally, far too many Minnesotans underneath continue to suffer from economic... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In Red Wing these days, a community-wide effort has helped expand distribution points for free breakfasts, so that more low-income kids are getting enough to eat at the start of the school day. Meanwhile, the same group is helping bring strong new focus on higher education planning and career pathways, starting as early as the fourth grade. Also underway are networks that help the whole town find ways to h... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
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