Bridging the Metro-Rural Divide Our presentation on how to build a One Minnesota policy framework, bridging the metro-rural divide, was one of the most popular breakout sessions at the annual League of Minnesota Cities conference, held last week in Rochester. From the League’s summary of our presentation: “Matt Schmit (Policy & Projects Director for Growth & Justice) described the lack of direction that comes from divis... Read More
Session and Budget Done, Now a Constitutional Crisis? DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this week approved all major budget and tax bills passed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, averting a protracted deadlock and a state government shutdown. Now all eyes are on Dayton’s apparently unprecedented line-item veto of the Legislature’s own operating budget, in response to the Legislature’s similarly unusual threat to defund ... Read More
Working in Coalitions on Legislative Outcomes As the 2017 legislative session nears its adjournment deadline, Growth & Justice is partnering closely with key non-profits and partisan coalitions and advocating for policies that strengthen our economy, broaden prosperity, and improve the lives of ALL Minnesotans. Some of our efforts are defensive, opposing proposed deep cuts in our public investments for economic security, health care and opp... Read More
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
Southwest Minnesota shows the way on rural education equity Our latest commentary in MinnPost describes "Grow Our Own" an impressive new regional effort in southwestern Minnesota to improve education outcomes and close opportunity gaps in an increasingly diverse corner of our state. Watch for related news and developments early in 2017 with our Minnesota Rural Equity Project, an initiative funded by the Blandin Foundation, and aimed at both inf... Read More
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