There is a nativist, xenophobic thread running through the American political narrative these days with roots going back to the Know-Nothing Party of the mid-nineteenth century and beyond. In milder versions, immigrants are portrayed as taking jobs from American citizens while burdening the safety net and social services. In the more toxic forms, immigrants are equated with criminality and lawlessness. Against that backdrop of hysteria, it’... Read More
Some high-profile journalists in the business press and mainstream media are talking about economic competitiveness in a way that suggests a paradigm shift may be underway. In a Fortune magazine piece headlined “The U.S. Has the World’s Most Competitive Economy. So What?” Christopher Matthews cited academic experts who argue that by pursuing policies aimed only at increasing business profits, “government itself becomes 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
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
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