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ENEWS: On Thanks & Giving, Small Business Needs, and Greater Minnesota Investment

Date Published: 11/20/2017

Author: Dane Smith

Thanks & Giving, for Growth & Justice

Our attention this week turns to gratitude and giving, as we celebrate a national holiday inspired by a communal event almost 400 years ago, when different cultures came together to share their bounty.   Growth & Justice exemplifies this communitarian spirit in Minnesota, through non-partisan advocacy for policies that grow our bounty by reducing disparities and investing in ALL our human capital.  Please consider investing in Growth & Justice to help push this work forward in 2018.

Small Business Policy Brief and Main Street Alliance

A strong case for state and federal policies that encourage small business growth, with less emphasis on luring corporate behemoths like Amazon, are presented in our latest blogpost. In this policy brief by G&J Policy Fellow Justin Stofferahn,  convincing data shows that  “more people than ever work at large companies, and Minnesota has never been so dependent on its biggest businesses for economic growth. Meanwhile…small businesses have yet to recover to pre-recession strength." Growth & Justice has embarked in recent months on an exciting new partnership with small business owners in the Minnesota chapter of the Main Street Alliance and we participated this week in the launch of its holiday season Shop Your Values campaign.

Greater Minnesota Needs More Public Investment

Greater Minnesota leaders, after their fall conference  in Alexandria last week, issued a strong statement urging the 2018 Legislature not to drift through a do-nothing session in 2018. “The Legislature may have passed tax, transportation and bonding bills last year, but that doesn’t mean their job is done for the biennium,” said Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson. “Truth is, the progress made in 2017 only scratches the surface when it comes to meeting all of the ongoing and growing needs in our city and others in Greater Minnesota.” City leaders who attended the conference of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) agreed that a bonding bill likely poses the best hope in 2018, making key investments in the state’s infrastructure. While each city has its own individual needs, a recurring theme throughout Greater Minnesota is the need for additional state bonding dollars to help repair or replace aging wastewater treatment facilities. The CGMC is an official partner of Growth & Justice in our One Minnesota Rural Equity Project.

Quote of the Week

“I.. fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.’’-- President Abraham Lincoln, in his 1863 proclamation establishing  Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday.

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