(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The term “alignment” has long been the dominant buzzword in workforce policy circles. And the bar graphs on the most recent report by the National Skills Coalition provide a useful if simplistic big picture view of the mismatch between jobs and workforce readiness in Minnesota and the United States. The bars show that Minnesota currently has a slightly larger percentage of people with four-year... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
Growth & Justice is working full throttle during this current legislative session, helping define and advance practical and progressive public policy for all Minnesotans, in an important election year. Here are a few highlights: G&J’s policy and research director, Maureen Ramirez, testified at a recent legislative hearing for expanding options for early college credit, which could put thousands more students on a faster, more... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE No word has been more effective than “competitiveness” in advancing a business agenda with a rather narrow focus over the last 30 years. Since the early 1980s, in Minnesota and across America, we’ve been told that — for the sake of international competitiveness — jobs had to be outsourced, wages and pensions and health care benefits downsized, and environmental and financial regulations reduced. In... Read More
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