G&J On the Air in Greater MN Our Minnesota Rural Equity Project is catching the attention of the Greater Minnesota news media. Recently Growth & Justice President Dane Smith was interviewed on “Ag Afternoon” by Sonja Langseth of KWOA in Worthington, and on “Ox in the Afternoon” by Dan Ochsner of KNSI in St. Cloud. The podcasts of those interviews reveal strong interest by these local jou... Read More
Working in Coalitions on Legislative Outcomes As the 2017 legislative session nears its adjournment deadline, Growth & Justice is partnering closely with key non-profits and partisan coalitions and advocating for policies that strengthen our economy, broaden prosperity, and improve the lives of ALL Minnesotans. Some of our efforts are defensive, opposing proposed deep cuts in our public investments for economic security, health care and opp... Read More
What Rural People Really Think Last month Growth & Justice offered ideas and policy recommendations from our Minnesota Rural Equity Project at a listening session in Norwood Young America, one of 14 stops in a statewide tour conducted by the Minnesota Farmers Union. The MFU’s report from their tour, “What Do Rural People Think,” was issued last week and earned favorable media coverage. The rep... Read More
Resilience in Southwestern MN Our latest MinnPost commentary helps allay concerns that rural Minnesota is in irreversible economic decline. The op-ed points to hopeful signs of innovation and initiative from the 13th Annual Bio Conference in Worthington, and cites examples of emerging technologies in agribusiness, interstate and international collaboration, improvements in rural workforce training, expanding broadband access, and continued supp... Read More
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
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