Our Op-Ed on Spatial Mismatch and Transit
Growth & Justice worked to the end pushing for a special legislative session and we are disappointed that divisive regional politics played the decisive role in preventing an agreement. Last week, in an op-ed published by MinnPost, we urged legislators to review a major new report by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. The study illustrates how the Southwest Light Rail line would connect businesses in need of workers and underemployed urban workers in need of suburban jobs. We also highlighted the overwhelming support for a transit buildout among the CEOs of our largest corporations and advocates for racial and economic justice. Growth & Justice was honored to serve on a national advisory panel for the report and we will continue to make the case for ample transportation investment and affordable transit options for all of Minnesota.
Justice Paul Anderson Speaks Out
Growth & Justice Board Member Paul Anderson, a retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, was recently featured in a Star Tribune commentary. The article praises Anderson for his courage in urging the U.S. Senate to act promptly on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. He “fears that the Senate’s refusal to act on the Garland appointment puts the branch of government he loves best at increased risk of acquiring the dysfunction and public disrespect that has afflicted Congress.” Former Justice Anderson also penned his own op-ed on the subject for MinnPost this week.
Honoring “Citizen Swain”
On September 26th Growth & Justice is co-sponsoring an event in honor of Tom Swain and his dedication to public service. Swain’s contributions to Minnesota’s good government and civic health have been extraordinarily profound, especially in higher education and health care. To learn more about Tom, check out his excellent autobiography, Citizen Swain, which was released late last year.
G&J Facebook Voice is Growing Stronger
Scroll down our Facebook page and you will notice an increased frequency of posts lately, with links to our own constructive research and commentary, as well as others. Many of the posts make the business case for reducing inequality and racial disparity. “Like” our page now and make sure to follow us so our posts will appear in your newsfeed.
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