ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Most Minnesotans are proud to live in a tolerant and educated and broadly prosperous state that ends up on the leading edge of most everything, from business and technological innovation to arts and culture vibrancy, civic health, and prosperity. We are thankful not to be among those backward societies where fundamentalist religious dogma gets codified in law, or where wealthy elites dictate who gets how m... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I am among many white Americans, and a much smaller percentage of Minnesotans, with an actual slave-owning ancestor. I know of at least one, Welcome Williams Chandler and his wife, Sarah, who “founded” Brown County, deep in the heart of Texas, in the 1850s. He and his truculent Anglo-American Protestant horde displaced Native Americans and Mexican people, killed them when they resisted, and hel... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most unforgettable economic policy statements I ever heard came from a presidential candidate in the early 1990s who explained that we had lots of people who needed work, and lots of work that needed to be done, and that we ought to get those two problems on the same page. And so it is with the “skills gap” and the “equity gap” in Minnesota. On one hand, we have Minneso... Read More
Let’s focus on a big payoff from improving achievement among Minnesota’s students of color St. Paul Pioneer Press Now that our divisive state government shutdown is over, Minnesota’s political leaders, and all of us really, need to re-read an inspiring Pioneer Press editorial that ran the day after Christmas, just before the session began. That editorial urged Republican and DFL leaders to unite behind a theme of "educ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT For all you potential new humans out there in the ether who are destined to be born in the Twin Cities, here’s a tip for a longer and healthier life: Don’t let that stork drop you in the wrong ZIP code. Do not be born to parents who are poor and uneducated, black or American Indian, and living in St. Paul’s Frogtown or North Minneapolis, or in the growing pockets of poverty in the inner-r... Read More
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