Minnesotans take openness in government and public records for granted. This has been a key principle of our state's democratic process since statehood in 1858, and often improved upon, and greatly expanded under "sunshine laws'' in the 1970s. In contrast, the Access to Public Information Law (LAIP) in El Salvador is only two years old.. The Law includes a 25- point list and definition of wha... Read More
Greetings from El Salvador! To paraphrase and expand on a theme we often heard from Sen. Paul Wellstone, we all do better when all the world’s nations improve their democracies and when more people benefit from more responsive and accountable governments. I’m here on a professional leadership exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas. The Legislative Fellows exchange pro... Read More
Steve Berg's excellent op-ed that rethinks our Twin Cities brand and a similar essay published last week by Jay Walljasper and sponsored by the McKnight Foundation should inspire plenty of creative feedback from us Twin Cities and Minnesota enthusiasts. Both articles feed on the outstanding work done so far by Greater MSP, a new organization focused on more effective marketing of the Twin Cities metropolitan are... Read More
The Star Tribune's fine piece summarizing the remarkable contributions of the late Douglas Dayton contains this passage. Dayton and his brothers established one of the first corporate-giving programs in Minnesota and Dayton said he took great joy in researching and investing in effective nonprofits. He said donating money was more satisfying than making it.“You bet your life it is,” Dayton said. “After a... Read More
The charts and graphs that we policy wonks issue regularly provide a clear picture of growing economic inequality in Minnesota and United States over the last 30 years. But vivid human stories – with intimate detail about what it's like on either side of the divide between the high-riders and the stagnating middle and low-income families – are worth a hundred bar graphs and pie charts. An outstanding example of the latter is Mike ... Read More
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