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Support Workers Making the Holidays Happen
By John R. Van Hecke December 17, 2013

Generally, workers who make the holidays happen live in poverty. Yet, many of the major retailers they work for bring in multi-billion dollar profits.…

Conservative Excuses Aside, Minnesota Still Outperforms Wisconsin
By Jeff Van Wychen August 11, 2014

Since the 2010 election of progressive Governor Mark Dayton in Minnesota and conservative Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, the Gopher State has outperformed the…

Rep. Petersen Skirting Teacher Tenure
By Kaye Thompson Peters February 23, 2012

Once upon a time, teachers could be fired for wearing a skirt above the ankle, appearing in public after 8 p.m., or speaking on…

Your Ed Reform To-Do List
By Michael Diedrich November 05, 2013

One of the things that confounded me when I first jumped into debates about education reform was how quick people were to dismiss those…

Tuesday Talk: Closing the wage gap Q and A
By Joe Sheeran June 11, 2013

Overnight, non-unionized janitorial workers at many of the region’s retailers began picketing for fairer wages and better working conditions. These types of stories, where…

Not Reform. Just an Attack with Extra Racism.
By Michael Diedrich December 12, 2013

There are progressives with whom I disagree on education reform. There are conservatives with whom I disagree on education reform. And then there’s this.…

Declining Income is Long-Term, Widespread
By Jeff Van Wychen February 03, 2014

In his State of Union address, President Obama noted that one of the most serious problems confronting the nation is growing income inequality. Perhaps…

The 5% Campaign Makes Headway
By Nicole Simms March 19, 2014

Last year, the Minnesota House passed a health and social programs budget that allowed for the first wage increase nursing home and long-term care…

Tuesday Talk: What should MN do with $825 million?
By Joe Sheeran December 10, 2013

Minnesota’s projected $825 million surplus is welcome news. While it’s early in the biennium, and a lot could change, working from a surplus instead…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Washington’s the New Vegas
By John R. Van Hecke October 04, 2013

It took me awhile to figure this out but, among conservative public policy advocates, Washington is clearly the new Vegas. And, what happens in…

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