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
Resilience in Southwestern MN Our latest MinnPost commentary helps allay concerns that rural Minnesota is in irreversible economic decline. The op-ed points to hopeful signs of innovation and initiative from the 13th Annual Bio Conference in Worthington, and cites examples of emerging technologies in agribusiness, interstate and international collaboration, improvements in rural workforce training, expanding broadband access, and continued supp... Read More
Of Mice and MN We're getting plenty of feedback and praise for our commentary on the cover of the Star Tribune's Opinion Exchange section Sunday, which revisited Aesop's Fable about "The Country mouse and the City Mouse." Former Minnesota Rural Education Association leader Vernae Hasbargen and Growth & Justice President Dane Smith collaborated on an appeal to Minnesotans to improve their attitudes around the so-called rural-metr... Read More
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