The Worthington Daily Globe provided excellent coverage of our recent presentation to the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. We made the case to about 75 local business and community leaders for our Minnesota Rural Equity Project. Other speakers at the meeting reinforced the value of two key principles in that project: investing more in local amenities and infrastructure, and embracing a growing diversity in Greater Minnesota.
We rallied the troops at the Legislative Action Day for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities – a key partner in our Minnesota Rural Equity Project – in support of restoration of Local Government Aid to 2002 levels, and bonding for repair and upgrading of municipal water and wastewater systems in rural regions. News reporting and editorials across the state reflect strong consensus for these investments.
In a statement submitted recently to the Senate Tax Committee, Growth & Justice noted that an increase in the Working Family Credit would be of significant benefit to low-income workers, and especially helpful to rural counties. We pointed to research and maps by the Minnesota Budget Project that show 10 to 20 percent of households in almost every Greater Minnesota county currently benefits from the credit, or about twice the percentage in affluent suburban counties.
In partnership with the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition, Growth & Justice is supporting the “Getting to Work” bill that provides more funding to nonprofits that offer low-interest auto loans or leases, affordable car repairs, or donated vehicles to families that need a car to get to work. See this MABC video and a Star Tribune editorial that supports this policy.