Of Mice and MN We're getting plenty of feedback and praise for our commentary on the cover of the Star Tribune's Opinion Exchange section Sunday, which revisited Aesop's Fable about "The Country mouse and the City Mouse." Former Minnesota Rural Education Association leader Vernae Hasbargen and Growth & Justice President Dane Smith collaborated on an appeal to Minnesotans to improve their attitudes around the so-called rural-metr... Read More
Legislative Priorities for Rural Equity Project Growth & Justice and its partners in the Minnesota Rural Equity Project this week announced support for a dozen promising initiatives in the 2017 Legislature that can help revitalize local rural economies and reduce social and racial disparities in Greater Minnesota. The wide-ranging initiatives provide new investments and incentives including: early childhood care and education, expanding bro... Read More
G&J Rural Project Gets Ink in Worthington 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 ... Read More
Southwest Minnesota shows the way on rural education equity Our latest commentary in MinnPost describes "Grow Our Own" an impressive new regional effort in southwestern Minnesota to improve education outcomes and close opportunity gaps in an increasingly diverse corner of our state. Watch for related news and developments early in 2017 with our Minnesota Rural Equity Project, an initiative funded by the Blandin Foundation, and aimed at both inf... Read More
According to recent national and state reports, middle- and low-income households have benefited from some of the largest one-year economic gains in almost 50 years. This new data supports our basic premise that real and shared prosperity depends on steady business growth and full employment, along with public investments in human capital and economic security that reduce income and racial disparity. Analyses by the Center for Budget and Policy P... Read More
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