PIONEER PRESS A half-century ago, every one of Minnesota’s 10 members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, rural and urban — voted for the landmark Voting Rights Act. Although the national civil rights movement then was mostly led by African-Americans themselves and liberal Democrats, including our own Hubert Humphrey, northern-state Republican support was crucial. Minnesota’s Republican... Read More
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
The Latest Budget Forecast and the Working Family Tax Credit Given Minnesota’s stubborn problems with economic inequality and racial disparity, Growth & Justice is redoubling its efforts this year in partnership with Invest in Minnesota, a coalition of Minnesota’s faith communities, labor and nonprofit organizations. Our coalition will be pushing the 2016 Legislature for state income tax credits and other safeguards for low-inco... Read More
Career Pathways Op-Ed in Star Tribune In our latest Op-Ex section cover commentary for the Star Tribune, we show through real-life personal stories how innovative and comprehensive “Career Pathway’’ models can address both racial disparity and meet employer demands for workers with more skills and credentials. See below to learn more about a closely related effort in our 2016 push at the Legislature for policies and in... 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
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