Making the Case for LGA in Northern Minnesota Lakeland Public Television on Friday will host a conversation on the need for restoration of Local Government Aid, focusing on the effects of declining LGA for the city of Bemidji. Previewing the discussion, the Lakeland Current webpage notes that in 2002 the city of Bemidji received more than $3.2 million in Local Government Aid. By 2008, Bemidji’s LGA had dropped by just about $1 milli... Read More
G&J’s Matt Schmit Makes the Case for Broadband In our latest MinnPost commentary, Growth & Justice Policy & Projects Director Matt Schmit makes a strong pitch for the 2017 Legislature to “double down” on expansion of broadband and high-speed internet connectivity in Greater Minnesota. He notes how public and philanthropic investments have stimulated local energy and activity in broadband, with dozens of rural... 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
Blogpost on Hospitals and Renewable Energy in Rural MN Two new blogposts with lessons on rural economic development have been posted on our website by Growth & Justice Policy Fellow Chuck Brown, a writer and retired manager of a rural manufacturing company who served 12 years on the Olivia City Council. In his first blog, Brown describes how farsighted local government leaders in Renville County recently built a much improved, self-su... Read More
Our Rural Project Featured in Grand Forks Herald The Sunday March 19 edition of the Grand Forks Herald featured a package of three op-eds by our partners in the Minnesota Rural Equity Project, describing how the project’s legislative priorities can help strengthen the regional economy and reduce disparities in northwestern Minnesota. The op-eds focus on: increased investment in broadband and transportation infrastructure, more... Read More
Web Development by Creative Arc, a Minneapolis Web Design firm.