Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and an impressive line-up of Twin Cities business executives, top school administrators and elected officials presided this week over a roll-out of three specific new education initiatives aimed at closing the opportunity disparities that threaten our state’s economic future. The specific action agenda of this “Generation Next” partnership, for both Minneapolis and St. Paul, will focus... Read More
As the summer heats up with political debate, Growth & Justice is playing a constructive role, making the case that big breakthroughs in public policy can reduce racial and economic inequality, build human capital, and promote business growth. Here are some highlights. Dane Smith appeared on WDSE-TV’s Almanac North to discuss how smart public investments help boost business growth. This appearance followed our recent commentary, Fo... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Wikipedia defines “social capital” as the economic benefit created when individuals and groups connect and cooperate with each other and thereby increase their productivity. Further inquiry reveals that this term is not just some new buzz-phrase concocted by do-gooders seeking racial harmony and multiculturalism. It is actually a timeless concept that was encouraged by the Founding Fathers, and... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A recent report by the national research group PolicyLink features three maps showing Minnesota’s changing demographics over the course of 60 years, with each of our state’s 87 counties shaded to indicate the evolution of our diversity. Source: Policy Link, U.S. Census Bureau, Woods & Poole Economics. The 1980 map is almost all homogenous, with people of color comprising more than... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the sillier accusations tossed at our public schools in recent years is that they fail to teach “values” or provide moral instruction. I spend enough time in the halls and classrooms of Minnesota public schools to know that this is mostly nonsense, and that timeless virtues of respect for others, honesty, and perseverance are inculcated in some way, most days, to most students. But I&r... Read More
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