Putting Things Back Together A Youth Social Entrepreneurship Case Study By Jeanne Walz, Matt Howard and Dane Smith A little more than a year ago, Ethan (last name withheld at his request) was headed in no particular direction, except perhaps toward trouble. He lacked motivation, was not doing particularly well in high school, and his scrapes with authorities worried his mother and teachers. His mom -- before signing him up for a specia... Read More
As we sift through all the assessments of the 2017 Legislature from the many groups in Minnesota working with disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, variations of the syllable “mis’’ keep popping up. We see a consensus on these “misses”: a misspent one-time budget surplus on permanent tax cuts mostly for the most affluent, missed opportunities to invest more in everything from affordable mass transi... Read More
Brendan Klein is a Growth & Justice Intern and Jackson Fellow at the College of St. Benedicts and St. John’s University Many federal programs, from Social Security to Medicare to the National Park System, have improved and enriched our lives and are seen as great American achievements. Others have failed or been discontinued for various reasons, but few defunct programs are remembered as fondly as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)... Read More
Tom Legg is a Growth & Justice Policy Fellow who has produced some of our most important research and analysis on inequality, providing global, national and local perspective. His latest commentary, reprinted here from the Ely Timberjay newspaper, offers sobering insights on worsening inequality within St. Louis County and northern Minnesota. Legg grew up in northern Minnesota and after a distinguished career at the University of Minnesota&rs... Read More
Louis Johnston is a professor at College of Saint Benedicts and Saint John’s University and specializes in macroeconomics. He is a Policy Fellow at Growth & Justice who advises on economic issues. Take out your cell phone. Look at the keyboard. Did you know that it is the same keyboard we have used for over 150 years? Why is that? Why do we continue to utilize such old-fashioned technologies? Paul David, in “Clio and the ... Read More
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