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
G&J’s Matt Schmit Makes the Case for Broadband In our latest MinnPost commentary, Growth & Justice Policy & Projects Director Matt Schmit makes a strong pitch for the 2017 Legislature to “double down” on expansion of broadband and high-speed internet connectivity in Greater Minnesota. He notes how public and philanthropic investments have stimulated local energy and activity in broadband, with dozens of rural... Read More
Our Op-Ed on Spatial Mismatch and Transit Growth & Justice worked to the end pushing for a special legislative session and we are disappointed that divisive regional politics played the decisive role in preventing an agreement. Last week, in an op-ed published by MinnPost, we urged legislators to review a major new report by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. The study illustrates how the Southwest Light R... Read More
MINNPOST Look closely at the orange and green splotches on new mapping of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and you’ll begin to understand why building the Southwest Light Rail Transit line (SWLRT) has become so important in special session negotiations, for both Minnesota business leaders and advocates for economic and racial justice. Orange blobs on these maps represent the largest concentrations of metro job vacancies, while the gre... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
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