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
According to recent national and state reports, middle- and low-income households have benefited from some of the largest one-year economic gains in almost 50 years. This new data supports our basic premise that real and shared prosperity depends on steady business growth and full employment, along with public investments in human capital and economic security that reduce income and racial disparity. Analyses by the Center for Budget and Policy P... 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
PIONEER PRESS A half-century ago, every one of Minnesota’s 10 members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, rural and urban — voted for the landmark Voting Rights Act. Although the national civil rights movement then was mostly led by African-Americans themselves and liberal Democrats, including our own Hubert Humphrey, northern-state Republican support was crucial. Minnesota’s Republican... Read More
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