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ENEWS: Rural stewardship & equity and Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Date Published: 05/12/2022


Legislative updates

Before the Minnesota Legislature adjourns this month, we’ll include more legislative updates in these newsletters. From MinnPost, here’s an article on “Six things that could get done at the Minnesota Legislature before the end of the 2022 session.” The issues the article highlights include budget & taxes (the state budget surplus), public safety, drought relief, liquor and gambling bills, Unemployment Insurance (UI) and essential worker bonuses, and a potential bonding bill. And, from the Pioneer Press, an article on the priorities the Legislature is currently at odds over, particularly K-12 funding. 

Brief on rural equity & ensuring long-term viability of natural resources 

Aspen CSG released a brief titled “Stewardship + Equity: Rooting a New Rural Legacy” with recommendations “to address structural disadvantages and advance stewardship together with place, race, and class equity — drawn from our work with a range of rural practitioners,” the description reads. It also focuses on new strategies for growing nature & the economy in the face of barriers, something which Native and rural communities have been doing for generations. The brief also points out opportunities for advancing stewardship and equity within climate mitigation, recreation & tourism, and local & regional food systems. You can read the brief on the Aspen Institute website. 

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit 

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit will take place in person on May 23rd. The event was “created to help immigrant entrepreneurs and business owners succeed by giving them a platform where they can exchange knowledge and ideas, be inspired, learn, and grow together,” the event description says. Registration is required by May 16! Find more information and register here. 

Minnesota Equity Map spotlight 

This week’s spotlight is on the Arrowhead Regional Transportation Coordinating Council. Read the full story on the Equity Map and follow our social media for more story summaries! Please add more stories by filling out this form if you or your organization/initiative would like to be featured on the map! 

Arrowhead Regional Transportation Coordinating Council helps improve transportation services in Northeastern Minnesota by focusing on increasing access and availability. Members of Arrowhead RTCC come from organizations such as Duluth Transit Authority, Arrowhead Transit, and many others. Some of their objectives include developing mobility services, increasing access to and education on services, advocating for safe and available transportation, and much more. To learn more, read their full story on the map and check out their website at https://www.arrowheadrtcc.org/. 


"Addressing existing and historical rural place, race, and class inequities while addressing climate impacts is not only the fair thing to do, it is also necessary to meet national carbon reduction targets." — “Stewardship + Equity: Rooting a New Rural Legacy”

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