In Fergus Falls, Learning About Rural Needs We traveled to Fergus Falls last week for the summer conference of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, delivering a presentation and gathering feedback on emerging issues for our Minnesota Rural Equity Project. We heard concerns about accessibility to child-care, transportation and mobility needs, housing shortages, health-care costs and access, and lagging broadband capacity. A strong sense am... Read More
Rural “Place-making” Key to Job Growth On our many travels this summer, listening closely to both concerns and success stories in Greater Minnesota, we constantly hear about the importance of “place-making” for rural communities. The Center for Rural Policy & Development expresses this idea very well with this recent statement in the Morning Take tipsheet: “For most parts of the state, the coming wo... Read More
As State Budget Biennium Begins, Big Disappointments and a Few Bright Spots Overview of 2017 Legislature’s Impact, A Look Ahead Minnesota’s two-year budget period begins this month, amid a continuing dispute between the Governor and the Legislature over a handful of important tax and immigration provisions, and an impending court battle over the governor’s line-item veto of funding for the Legislature i... Read More
Despite the specter of lawsuits and a potential second special session, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton appear to have concluded their work on Minnesota’s 2018-2019 budget, as well as on separate omnibus tax and bonding bills. A general agreement was reached between the governor and legislative leaders on the final day of session, with details worked out and bills passed in an immediate special session spanning the week of Ma... Read More
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
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