Immigrants Boosting Economy in Rural MN Check out this hopeful and inspiring story about Isabel and Raul Castellano’s start-up of Chabelita’s Yummy Foods and Fruits, a new business in rural LeSueur Minnesota, enabled in part with assistance from the Region Nine Development Commission. Research consistently shows that immigrants provide a net gain for Minnesota, from high rates of entrepreneurialism, to filling agribusines... Read More
As State Budget Biennium Begins, Big Disappointments and a Few Bright Spots Overview of 2017 Legislature’s Impact, A Look Ahead Minnesota’s two-year budget period begins this month, amid a continuing dispute between the Governor and the Legislature over a handful of important tax and immigration provisions, and an impending court battle over the governor’s line-item veto of funding for the Legislature i... Read More
Despite the specter of lawsuits and a potential second special session, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton appear to have concluded their work on Minnesota’s 2018-2019 budget, as well as on separate omnibus tax and bonding bills. A general agreement was reached between the governor and legislative leaders on the final day of session, with details worked out and bills passed in an immediate special session spanning the week of Ma... Read More
What Rural People Really Think Last month Growth & Justice offered ideas and policy recommendations from our Minnesota Rural Equity Project at a listening session in Norwood Young America, one of 14 stops in a statewide tour conducted by the Minnesota Farmers Union. The MFU’s report from their tour, “What Do Rural People Think,” was issued last week and earned favorable media coverage. The rep... Read More
MABC Driver Diversion Program Gains Traction The St. Paul Pioneer Press revealed in a story last week how license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets can become a vicious circle and an unfair “debt trap” for low-income workers. The article goes on to describe a legislative effort to expand “driver diversion” programs, which allow folks to legally drive after making arrangements to gradually repay the tickets. Th... Read More
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