According to recent national and state reports, middle- and low-income households have benefited from some of the largest one-year economic gains in almost 50 years. This new data supports our basic premise that real and shared prosperity depends on steady business growth and full employment, along with public investments in human capital and economic security that reduce income and racial disparity. Analyses by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Minnesota Budget Project explain how the remarkable leap in income can be linked to a growing labor shortage and lower unemployment, but also to higher minimum wage laws, expanded health care coverage, and other federal and state policies that provide greater equity for low- and middle-income households. Both the "Pioneer Press" and the "Star Tribune" followed the national news with important analysis showing how communities of color still have a lot of lost ground to make up.
Growth & Justice is co-sponsoring an event in honor of Tom Swain and his dedication to public service at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 26th at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Swain’s contributions to Minnesota’s good government and civic health have been profound, especially in higher education and health care. To learn more about Tom, check out his excellent autobiography, Citizen Swain, which was released late last year.
Dual credit programs allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. They are a great way for students to challenge themselves and save time and money. These programs are also effective in reducing racial disparities in post-secondary completion. We urge you to register for a free event that Growth & Justice is co-sponsoring showing how we can advance policies that expand early college credit, on Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N., in St. Paul.