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
Growth & Justice has a new logo and a new website, so it’s only fitting for our newsletter to get an update too. Today we are releasing the first issue of The Progress Report a twice a year publication that will give you an in-depth look at our progress towards making Minnesota’s economy more prosperous and fair. The Progress Report will feature stories about what we’re working on and how we’re making an impact. In t... Read More
Imagine one of our state's larger high schools or smaller college campuses, with an enrollment of roughly 2,500 students. Now try to imagine every single student in that school or college as homeless, trying to function, learn and build a path toward a career, without a safe or certain place to sleep at night. The latest newsletter from Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul cites a Wilder Foundation estimate that at any given time ... Read More
I've heard infinite versions of "don't tax me'' or "taxing me or my customers more will destroy my business AND the economy'' in my decades under the dome. And last week's opposition at a House hearing to ending sales tax exemptions on business services was typical in many respects. Just because these fears often turn out unfounded _ our economy was performing better, in the 1990s, w... Read More
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