MINNPOST When assessing whether public initiatives and other community interventions are having a measurable effect on social and economic indicators, tough-minded policy analysts often ask: “Are we moving the needle?” As Minnesota legislators and Governor Mark Dayton negotiate in the final weeks of the 2016 session on investment strategies to reduce disparities in our communities and improve workforce quality for Minnesota employ... Read More
Click here to watch Dane's testimony or read his prepared comments below. Presentation to House-Senate Working Group on Disparities January 15, 2015 Representative Knoblach and Senator Champion, members of the working group, I’m Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a policy research and advocacy organization that seeks a more inclusive prosperity and greater equitable business growth for Minnesota. We especially value ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The Career Pathways program provides a holistic model for solving two of the state's most pressing problems. Regina Wilson and Samantha Raines are Anoka County moms who were homeless at various times in 2014 and 2015. Yet they find themselves, as 2016 begins, not only with good jobs at last, but also with some pretty clear ideas about how they might advance next in their new careers. Wilson, 40, enjoys her work at an assist... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s enviable but temporary projected budget surplus must be applied first to investing in our increasingly diverse workforce, easily the most important resource on which our long-term prosperity depends. Amid all the conventional signs of growth and prosperity at the top end, with high profits and low unemployment generally, far too many Minnesotans underneath continue to suffer from economic... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Imagine a wild-eyed futurist getting up in front of a crowd of Minnesota business and education leaders in 1995, and boldly making these three outlandish predictions. “Over the next 20 years” our imaginary futurist intones, “a racial and economic inequality crisis will overtake us in Minnesota. The percentage of kids from economically distressed homes and thus qualified for free-and-reduc... Read More
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