MINNPOST When assessing whether public initiatives and other community interventions are having a measurable effect on social and economic indicators, tough-minded policy analysts often ask: “Are we moving the needle?” As Minnesota legislators and Governor Mark Dayton negotiate in the final weeks of the 2016 session on investment strategies to reduce disparities in our communities and improve workforce quality for Minnesota employ... Read More
The Latest Budget Forecast and the Working Family Tax Credit Given Minnesota’s stubborn problems with economic inequality and racial disparity, Growth & Justice is redoubling its efforts this year in partnership with Invest in Minnesota, a coalition of Minnesota’s faith communities, labor and nonprofit organizations. Our coalition will be pushing the 2016 Legislature for state income tax credits and other safeguards for low-inco... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT At a recent post-session media event for the MinneMinds coalition — a broad-based movement focused on expanding early childhood education and closing our opportunity gaps in education — one rather startling chart stood out. The bar graph showed total public investment in pre-kindergarten learning for our littlest Minnesotans rising by healthy leaps. Counting a significant increase in funding fo... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Lumina Foundation, a highly regarded national organization that pushes for increasing higher education attainment in the United States, recently issued a 50-state report that praises Minnesota for gradual progress in recent years and for our above-average percentage of adults who obtain postsecondary degrees and credentials. Lumina’s method of measurement puts Minnesota at 48 percent of 2.9 milli... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Timberlake Lodge ballroom in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was filled to capacity recently with a rare assemblage of adults and teenagers, all engaged in candid conversations about whether the local community was delivering what kids really need to succeed. This was a truly unusual and ambitious undertaking and a big step forward for a very promising new rural community collaboration aimed at improvin... Read More
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