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
Career Pathways Op-Ed in Star Tribune In our latest Op-Ex section cover commentary for the Star Tribune, we show through real-life personal stories how innovative and comprehensive “Career Pathway’’ models can address both racial disparity and meet employer demands for workers with more skills and credentials. See below to learn more about a closely related effort in our 2016 push at the Legislature for policies and in... Read More
It’s easy to get optimistic and resolute during the marching and speechifying of Martin Luther King Day celebrations, which seem to grow larger and more multifaceted every year in Minnesota. A crowning moment of renewed resolve for me on Monday arrived at the 26th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast, when Andrea Turner, a General Mills vice president whose ancestors were slaves, described her own story as “the living embodiment of dreams i... Read More
Click here to watch Dane's testimony or read his prepared comments below. Presentation to House-Senate Working Group on Disparities January 15, 2015 Representative Knoblach and Senator Champion, members of the working group, I’m Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a policy research and advocacy organization that seeks a more inclusive prosperity and greater equitable business growth for Minnesota. We especially value ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The Career Pathways program provides a holistic model for solving two of the state's most pressing problems. Regina Wilson and Samantha Raines are Anoka County moms who were homeless at various times in 2014 and 2015. Yet they find themselves, as 2016 begins, not only with good jobs at last, but also with some pretty clear ideas about how they might advance next in their new careers. Wilson, 40, enjoys her work at an assist... Read More
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