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2021 Policy Priorities Draft

Date Published: 04/26/2021

2021 Draft Priorities - Using an overarching diversity, equity and inclusion lens for policy consideration

HUMAN CAPITAL

Top Priorities:
o Improve access to affordable health care, including a MinnesotaCare buy-in and pursuing other pathways to universal coverage.
o Improve the economic security of households through successful safety net programs and ensure that pay and benefits for workers provide a route out of poverty.
o Increase investments in Cradle to Career educational programs, promoting Career Pathways into technology, trades and entrepreneurship.
o Disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” and keep children out of the juvenile justice system.

Notes/Changes

• Health compensation has gone up while wage compensation has not increased
• Make economic benefits more equitable so that safety net programs are not needed
• Need more focus on beginning education vs. higher education

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Top Priorities:

o Invest in creating greater access to affordable quality child care and improve measurement of children’s program participation and their outcomes.
o Increase state bonding bill investments in local placemaking projects, particularly in Greater Minnesota and in communities of color.
o Expand access to capital for small business, support community banks, and address income disparities/accumulate more wealth) especially for communities of color and small businesses
o Issue driver’s license for immigrants.

Notes/Changes

• Jobs & living wages, particularly as disparities deepen during pandemic and billionaires accumulate more wealth - finding the right spot to fit in priorities under umbrella of equity
• Bigger issues should be more clearly represented— jobs in general, income disparities, seniors and retirees
• Disparities in access to capital for communities of color
• Attracting people to communities - affordable housing, high tech training, trades training

INFRASTRUCTURE

Top Priorities:

o Expand and increase funding for Broadband partnerships and the Border-to-Border Broadband Development program.
o Maintain and preserve existing affordable rental housing while building thousands more homes each year for the next five years to meet demand, including integrated housing.
o Realign governmental regulations and taxation structures to stimulate the creation of new housing and to permit subsidized housing that includes intergenerational housing and housing that permits former felons to live with their children.
o Intensify renewable and high-tech strategies in public transit and road planning.

Notes/Changes

• These are maybe too general as agenda but serve as guides
• Re-up broadband grant for BB strategies -- distance learning, Zoom
• Housing: 1. Permits subsidized intergenerational housing 2.) Housing that permits former felons to live with their children/families, 3) regulatory and statutory changes to intergenerational, tiny houses 3. Transit -- available for ALL modes of transport and for people in Greater MN w/o access to transport
• Tiny house strategies
• Appropriate another $10 million broadband infrastructure development fund for grants for hard-to-reach, low bandwidth areas of the State
•  Permitting for subsidized housing that includes intergenerational housing
•   Permitting for former felons to live with their families, children (e.g. as opposed to being put into half-way housing)

• Encourage all modes of transits throughout the State
•  New housing, low income stimulus initiatives: a) Relax lot size restrictions b) Allow intergenerational housing c) Tiny houses d) Parking space availability

ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE

Top Priorities:

o Set new goals and create action plans for a 100 percent carbon-free power grid by 2050.
o Support sustainable land management strategies that promote climate resilience, natural resource protection and a regenerative food economy.
o Respect sovereign rights and help protect native lands and waters.
o Enact Clean Car standards and provide incentives for electrification of vehicles.

Notes/Changes

• Problems talking about this issue (climate change in general)
• convincing farmers to break current tradition for better land management practices (Use “weather” instead of “climate” language) - look at IATP conversation model
• Community effect (peer pressure) is more incentive than more financial/rationale encouragement
• Aging out of farmers -- turnover to new producers -- is this a chance to break traditions to more progressive ideas/practices?
• Rural urban partnerships to collaborate on local food supporting systems

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