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
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
It’s easy to get optimistic and resolute during the marching and speechifying of Martin Luther King Day celebrations, which seem to grow larger and more multifaceted every year in Minnesota. A crowning moment of renewed resolve for me on Monday arrived at the 26th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast, when Andrea Turner, a General Mills vice president whose ancestors were slaves, described her own story as “the living embodiment of dreams i... Read More
Click here to watch Dane's testimony or read his prepared comments below. Presentation to House-Senate Working Group on Disparities January 15, 2015 Representative Knoblach and Senator Champion, members of the working group, I’m Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a policy research and advocacy organization that seeks a more inclusive prosperity and greater equitable business growth for Minnesota. We especially value ... Read More
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