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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Darrell Young is an earnest young man from North Minneapolis who’s determined to lead a mighty throng in a “March for Children and Youth” on Sunday October 10th at the state Capitol in St. Paul. Young is reverent and exceedingly polite, but there’s intensity in his voice when he describes a mission to bring thousands of Minnesotans to march on “10-10-10” and to make a st... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Political success in Minnesota has often hinged on an ability to simultaneously promote two goals, economic growth and economic justice. Voters tend to be leery of an overemphasis on one or the other, but generally reward candidates (the last three governors offer cases in point) who appear to strike a balance between the two. Finding that balance is not easy in fast-changing Minnesota -- but help is on the way. A new think tank, ... Read More
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