DALLAS -- Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is a plain-spoken former CEO who is rather brash about his city's emergence as the fourth largest metropolitan area and one of the strongest economic growth powerhouses in the nation. And yet he's rather humble about how big-thinking "Big D's" long-term health is directly threatened by the opportunity gap for students of color and from low-income families, who make up about 80 percent of... Read More
The people who are dumping on MnSure and threatening to de-fund the Affordable Care Act really need to listen to us struggling Millennials. As a new intern for Growth & Justice, I am also a member of that “Millennial Generation” entering the workforce at a particularly trying time. For the first time ever nationally, student loan debt has hit the $1 trillion mark, meaning more students hold more student loan debt than ever befo... Read More
In previous blogs, I wrote about the University of Minnesota and its history of an expectation of transparency and a framework of accountability. In Minnesota, the University follows the same public access to information laws as other government entities, namely the Data Practices Act and the Open Meeting Law, and has had an expectation of accountability to the State Legislature ever since its founding in 1851. That’s 162 years to practice ... Read More
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
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