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Growth & Justice and its founder praised in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

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Growth & Justice and its founder praised in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine | May 2004

Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine's May issue includes a 22-page report: "What matters to us: Minnesota Not-So-Nice."  It decries the mean, coarse, polarizing civic debate that is dominating our state and highlights promising voices from what it calls "the radical middle," devoted to finding and advancing solutions that "stand the best chance of making this a vibrant region in which to live."

Twice, the report praises the work of Growth & Justice.

First, on a page called "What You Can Do," the project's editor Marcia Appel writes:

"Want to give your attitudes and beliefs a vigorous workout? Check out Growth & Justice, former Star Tribune publisher and editor Joel Kramer's new think tank focused on regional economic issues. While the name sounds a bit sixties, the organization is modern in its thinking and dedicated to bridging "the bitter partisan divide." It has attracted a stellar board of directors whose members include Republicans, DFLers, and Independents and people from business, labor government and the nonprofit sector.  The organization recently issued its well-regarded first report, "Workforce First," which addresses the issue of how low-income workers can support their families on their income."

Second, in a series of profiles of leaders entitled "Their Actions Roared," reporter Bette Sack wrote a half-page on Growth & Justice founder and executive director Joel Kramer, listing him as a "promising" voice for the radical center. The report said he "is passionate about higher education, promoting public policies that will increase college access for the poor, ultimately stimulating economic growth with more workers earning higher wages."  And it concluded: "we have hopes that this liberal intellectual has the skills and the continued will to reach across political and class lines to help find a solid center ground."

You can read the full set of articles in the May 2004 issue of Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.


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