We were happy to hear Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka say at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce annual legislative dinner this week that there is about 80 percent agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the challenges that our state faces. And we were pleased to hear Gov. Tim Walz say these words in his inaugural address: “ We must ensure equity in everything we do, (italics added) from addressing the unacceptable racial disparities in our state to ensuring opportunity is not determined by your zip code.’’ Our emerging One Minnesota Equity Blueprint brings a special inflection on regional unity, a more equitable prosperity, and climate action as the most important goals for public policy in the next decade. More specifically, we will be showing the way through this project how to reduce inequalities between rural and metro regions and between economic classes, how to erase racial disparities, how to invest smartly in human capital and public infrastructure, while simultaneously integrating climate action into all these equity policies. With those goals in mind, a comprehensive set of first steps and policy priorities for the 2019 Legislature will be presented at press conferences on Monday June 14 at the state Capitol and in St. Cloud. We urge our supporters to attend these presentations. Check our website for more information on when and where, and please RSVP if you intend to attend.
“Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography (and) economic status, keep our entire state from reaching its full potential…As long as these inequities impact Minnesotans’ ability to be successful, we’ve got more work to do.” Gov. Tim Walz, in a statement on taking his first official action as governor, creating a “One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.’’
“Ideas about the right things to do to more equitably serve working people are causing many open-minded conservatives to review how they approach several major policy issues.’’ -- Mitch Pearlstein, in recent Star Tribune op-ed, encouraging open-mindedness by conservatives and liberals to the plight of “the bottom half.’’