ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The sweetest and funniest moment for me at the unveiling of Hubert H. Humphrey’s statue last week was former President Bill Clinton’s soaring rhetoric about the economic uplift from racial equity and civil rights, and about Humphrey’s dream-come-true of “a more perfect union.” Clinton thanked Humphrey for transforming his once segregated state of Arkansas and the American Sout... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A well-publicized report from the Economic Policy Institute last week revealed the Twin Cities once again with the largest disparity in the nation between whites and blacks in unemployment rates. A few redeeming background facts got lost in the media coverage. The Twin Cities does not have the worst black unemployment rate. Five metro regions rank higher: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Miami... Read More
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
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