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ENEWS: 2017 Legislative Priorities & New Board Members

Date Published: 01/05/2017

Author: Growth & Justice

Southwest Minnesota shows the way on rural education equity

Our latest commentary in MinnPost describes "Grow Our Own" an impressive new regional effort in southwestern Minnesota to improve education outcomes and close opportunity gaps in an increasingly diverse corner of our state. Watch for related news and developments early in 2017 with our Minnesota Rural Equity Project, an initiative funded by the Blandin Foundation, and aimed at both infrastructure investment and reducing inequalities in Greater Minnesota.

Priorities for 2017 Legislature

The 2017 legislative session has begun! Growth & Justice will once again be a strong partner with several non-partisan coalitions seeking a broader and more inclusive prosperity for Minnesota. In addition to the Minnesota Rural Equity Project, for which a legislative agenda will be detailed in early February, we will be working in tandem with various allies seeking:

New G&J Board officers elected

Growth & Justice begins the new year with a new board chair, Kim Lowe. Kim is a prominent attorney with the JUX Law Firm and former chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Our new vice-chair, Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, is the Director of Development at the Center for Victims of Torture, and a founding organizer of Wellstone Action. Re-elected Treasurer-Secretary is David Fisher, Executive Director of the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota School of Law, and a former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration. More information on new board officers is available on this G&J webpage.

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