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Tuesday Talk: What’s a fair share?
By Joe Sheeran April 30, 2013

Minnesota’s tax debate revolves around fairness—fairly raising revenue to invest in education, transportation, and economic development. Currently the wealthiest two percent pay 20 percent…

Activated Voices: Learning My Trade
By Tom Niemisto April 24, 2013

More and more Minnesotans are embracing a second career. Going back to school or changing jobs after a layoff involves taking a leap of…

Tuesday Talk: Can Minnesota limit climate change?
By Joe Sheeran April 23, 2013

Some climate change skeptics would use the latest rounds of spring snow to disprove the theory. However, climate change involves more than just hotter…

Tuesday Talk: What’s the way forward on revenue?
By Joe Sheeran April 16, 2013

New tax proposals in Minnesota’s House and Senate expand on some of the tax ideas in Governor Dayton’s revenue revisions. As Minnesota 2020’s string…

Activated Voices: Thin Line Between Advocate and Client
By Tom Niemisto April 11, 2013

Reaching out to help vulnerable Minnesotans, it's easy to see how fragile we all are. When Colleen O'Connor Toberman followed a calling to work…

Tuesday Talk: Minneapolis a Charter School Target?
By Joe Sheeran April 09, 2013

The number of students attending taxpayer-funded charter schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul have skyrocketed by over 600 percent and 124 percent respectively since…

A Verbal Commitment for the Planet
By Roopali Phadke April 03, 2013

It's time again for Minnesota 2020's series of  environmental policy Op-eds from Macalester College students. In the coming weeks, we'll feature articles that explore…

Tuesday Talk: The cost of an oil spill?
By Joe Sheeran April 02, 2013

The recent train derailment and subsequent oil spill in western Minnesota reminds us of the potential hazards fossil fuel-dependent lifestyles carry. Fortunately the MPCA…

Tuesday Talk: What’s your message for legislators?
By Joe Sheeran March 26, 2013

For the first time since the Great Recession’s height, a majority of Minnesota 2020 readers say our state leaders are focused on the core…

VIDEO: Civic Engagement in Muslim Community
By Tom Niemisto March 25, 2013

The civic process works best when all people have a voice at the table. With a population of nearly 150,000 in Minnesota, the Muslim-American…

Transitioning Down Energy Mountain’s Slope
By Tim Wulling, Guest Commentary March 20, 2013

Our high standard of living no longer equates to as high a quality of life as we would like. Student debt, fewer long-term career…

Tuesday Talk: Unions and Quality Care for Children, Seniors
By Joe Sheeran March 19, 2013

Providing affordable, high quality in-home early child care and in-home adult care are among Minnesota’s two major public policy priorities. Minnesota will need more…

Activated Voices: Minimum Wage is About Dignity
By Tom Niemisto March 13, 2013

Darting between his college classes and his low-paying retail job, Tyler Newman is struggling to work his way through school, with limited long-term debt.…

Tuesday Talk: What creates jobs?
By Joe Sheeran March 12, 2013

Most business indicators show we’ve shaken off the Great Recession with a single, troubling exception: the unemployment rate. Even though Minnesota is doing better…

Your Opinion Matters: MN2020 Reader Survey
By Rachel Weeks March 08, 2013

Minnesota 2020 stays focused on the issues that really matter to Minnesota, and your feedback has always been useful in continuing that mission. With…

Activated Voices: Keeping My Campus Sustainable
By Tom Niemisto March 07, 2013

It's time we start giving our young people credit. Those in their late teens and early 20s are coming of age in a divided…

Tuesday Talk: Should Dayton Trim Revenue Plan?
By Joe Sheeran March 05, 2013

February’s budget forecast shows the state’s projected deficit for next biennium dropped from $1.1 billion to $627 million. Gov. Dayton’s budget critics say these…

Tuesday Talk: Who should pay for transportation?
By Joe Sheeran February 26, 2013

The prospect of $4/gallon gas is again fueling debate for alternative transportation systems—getting more people on bikes, public transit and in car pools. Policymakers…

Tuesday Talk: Is Mayo worth the investment?
By Joe Sheeran February 19, 2013

The Mayo Clinic’s request for $585 million in taxpayer funding (which includes special taxing authority in Rochester) to fund public infrastructure costs for its…

Tuesday Talk: What’s your Plan C on taxes?
By Joe Sheeran February 12, 2013

The governor’s broad range fiscal plan takes the first step in putting Minnesota back on the road to a fair tax system, one that…

Tuesday Talk: What should be MN’s education funding priority?
By Rachel Weeks February 05, 2013

A decade of education underfunding and temporary funding shifts has forced districts to take out loans and cut the programs that are critical to…

Tuesday Talk: What do you think of Dayton’s budget?
By Joe Sheeran January 29, 2013

Governor Dayton’s budget delivers on his fiscal fairness pledge. It raises income taxes on Minnesota's richest 2% and provides property tax relief while investing…

Activated Voices: View from the Sidewalks
By Tom Niemisto January 23, 2013

A growing number of folks in the Twin Cities are opting for the pedestrian experience. For Activated Voices we talk with Ph. D. candidate…

Tuesday Talk: How does Minnesota turn values into numbers?
By Joe Sheeran January 22, 2013

Governor Dayton releases his budget today. It includes new revenue aimed at both erasing $1 billion budget deficit and investing in the future. It…

Tuesday Talk: What’s a fair minimum wage?
By Joe Sheeran January 15, 2013

Had minimum wage kept pace with inflation it would $10 an hour today. Instead, Minnesota’s rate is at the federally set $7.25, with some…

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