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Stop Payday Lenders from Extracting Millions Out of MN Communities
By Brian Rusche, Guest Commentary May 05, 2014

The payday loan industry engages in a vicious predatory cycle that traps financially-stressed Minnesotans in long-term debt and extracts millions of dollars from our…

Redlining Study Highlights Wealth Gap
By Sylvia O’Brien April 30, 2014

A recent study from the University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity indicates some of the largest mortgage lenders in the Twin…

May Day Marking Mayday for Anti-labor Conservatives
By Lee Egerstrom April 30, 2014

While most in the United States celebrate Labor Day in September, a good chunk of the industrialized world observes International Workers' Day tomorrow.  This…

Video: Affordable Housing Duluth
By Briana Johnson April 28, 2014

In about a year vacant classrooms in Duluth will provide homes for those struggling to find a safe affordable place to live. The Duluth…

Uneven Recovery: A Look Back at Minnesota’s Housing Crisis
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership April 23, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd An uneven recovery is unfolding in Minnesota five years after the housing collapse this joint Minnesota…

Collateral Costs: Racial Disparities and Injustice in Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws
By Nicole Simms April 21, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites,…

Faith-based Activism Gaining Steam
By Lee Egerstrom April 21, 2014

Many organizations helped lead Minnesota's successful $9.50 minimum wage drive, including the state's faith community, which played a strong role influencing lawmakers and their…

Video: Big Banks Redlining our Community
By Briana Johnson April 14, 2014

Organizations such as NOC, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and ISAIAH gathered together outside City Hall to release a report on how Big Banks…

Sprawl is Real, and It’s Here
By Conrad deFiebre April 10, 2014

Conservative apologists for sprawl try to deny that it's even a real phenomenon, some even draping dismissive quotation marks around the word. Around here, it's a right-wing obsession to…

Minimum Wage, Fair Trade Increase Global Standards
By Lee Egerstrom April 09, 2014

Minnesotans can’t avoid the push and pull that comes with global economic change but we don’t have to engage in a race to the…

Minimum Wage Deal Moves Minnesota Forward
By Jeff Van Wychen April 08, 2014

The minimum wage compromise announced yesterday will allow Minnesota workers' wages to catch up with the rising costs of goods and to keep up…

Video: Peace House, a Place to Belong
By Briana Johnson April 07, 2014

When shelters close during the day, folks without homes have few places to go. Peace House helps fill that void. The organization was created…

Inaction on Gender Equity Perpetuates Poverty
By Lee Egerstrom April 02, 2014

Most years, the Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Program helps nearly 200 central Minnesota women transition into jobs outside their homes. This isn’t easy for…

Video: Big Business Lobby Holds Workers Back
By Briana Johnson March 31, 2014

The longer Minnesota's minimum wage fight continues, the longer single mothers, seniors, people with disabilities, and those displaced by the recession struggle. Instead of…

Farmland Nearly Doubles in Last Five Years
By Lee Egerstrom March 27, 2014

After a winter of much coffee shop speculation, there is no hard evidence that Minnesota farmland is in a bubble that is bursting. Not…

Video: Everyone needs a place to call home
By Briana Johnson March 24, 2014

For every homeless person in Minnesota there are five vacant homes available. Since 2006, Hennepin County's homeless rate jumped by 50%. With numbers like…

Imperfect Markets, Imperfect Information and MN-grown Coconuts
By Lee Egerstrom March 19, 2014

Let’s go back to school and re-learn how we might grow Minnesota’s economy for the future from clever lessons taught to undergraduate students at…

Uneven Recovery: Needs Mount, Housing Programs Underfunded
By Lee Egerstrom Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership March 13, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. Back in 2004, before the housing…

Minnesota’s Enduring Relationship with the Peace Corps
By William G. Moseley, Guest Commentary March 12, 2014

Minnesota has a robust and enduring relationship with the Peace Corps that may come as a surprise to some who view the upper Midwest…

Arguments Against Indexing Minimum Wage Fall Flat
By Jeff Van Wychen March 10, 2014

Legislative negotiators appear to agree on the need for a $9.50 minimum wage. However, they continue to lock horns over “indexing”—the practice of adjusting…

Video: Five Years After the Housing Crisis
By Briana Johnson March 10, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. As we begin wrapping up our…

Uneven Recovery: Modest Gains, Many Still Struggling
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership March 06, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. Minnesota has made a significant housing…

Video: Single Moms March
By Briana Johnson March 03, 2014

Bitter, near zero weather couldn’t stop these single mothers and other low-wage workers from flooding a Walmart parking lot, calling on the store to…

Uneven Recovery: Grand Rapids on the Mend
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership February 27, 2014

Find more articles in the Uneven Recovery series, an ongoing collaboration between Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership. With 160 new housing units constructed…

Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Shut Down Nursing Homes
By Nicole Simms February 26, 2014

Those hesitant or opposed to raising the minimum wage claim it will result in job loss and business failure; in particular, they frequently express…

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