The seventh and final season of NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom Parks and Recreation catapults viewers two years into the future to 2017, painting an Orwellian vision that illustrates the case for benefit corporations. Ironically, Parks and Recreation may be foretelling our own corporation-citizen future with benefit corporations leading the charge. The final season pits corporate antagonist Gryzzle, a rapidly growing tech startup that is part ... Read More
President Obama's proposal to make community college free was another blow to for-profit higher education providers, according to a recent Forbes article that analyzed the for-profit sector's deep troubles, and a further decline in stock prices after the announcement. In Minnesota, the state Senate's DFL majority leadership also recently proposed free tuition for community college. There is no other way to say it; reconciling return... Read More
The majority of Americans will be people of color by 2040, according to Policy Link’s brand-new National Equity Atlas. Through interactive maps, figures and charts, the Atlas illustrates the country’s current and projected racial demographics, and inequalities. But most importantly, this new online tool reveals the economic benefits of including diverse populations in the labor market. Minnesota, and the nation, cannot afford th... Read More
Louis Johnston, a new policy fellow for Growth and Justice, has produced a timely and cogent analysis of labor market data presented at last month’s Minnesota Economic Association annual meeting. As Johnston writes here and here, both markets and public policy are falling short for those lacking higher education credentials. Johnston examined data from Steven J. Davis (University of Chicago) and John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), ... Read More
Minnesota’s employers and our higher education and workforce training systems are suffering from a serious disconnect. Our college graduates shoulder the fourth largest student-debt in the nation, yet many struggle to find jobs or even finish their degrees. Employers complain about a lack of qualified workers, despite an 11 percent unemployment rate among the state’s 16- to 24-year-olds. The new PIPELINE initiative, created by... Read More
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