ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The term “alignment” has long been the dominant buzzword in workforce policy circles. And the bar graphs on the most recent report by the National Skills Coalition provide a useful if simplistic big picture view of the mismatch between jobs and workforce readiness in Minnesota and the United States. The bars show that Minnesota currently has a slightly larger percentage of people with four-year... Read More
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and an impressive line-up of Twin Cities business executives, top school administrators and elected officials presided this week over a roll-out of three specific new education initiatives aimed at closing the opportunity disparities that threaten our state’s economic future. The specific action agenda of this “Generation Next” partnership, for both Minneapolis and St. Paul, will focus... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The annual summit meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a big show that’s coming to the Twin Cities next month, features a breakout session labeled “Keeping the American Dream Alive.” That’s a rather cosmic policy objective on a calendar that includes wonky sessions on how to manage public employee pensions and the latest developments in voting technology. But ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Joseph E. Stiglitz was a rising star in the field of economics and the author of a textbook, “Economics of the Public Sector,” for a graduate course that I was privileged to audit as part of a journalism fellowship at Stanford University in the early 1990s. That well-worn textbook is still in easy reach on my shelf, in part because since then, Stiglitz has grown enormously in stature. He won th... Read More
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