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A Perfect Climate for Biking and Walking
By Conrad deFiebre April 24, 2014

It's a welcome sign of spring when Nice Ride Minnesota's sturdy green bicycles appear at docking stations in the Twin Cities. This year's rollout…

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…

Minneapolis Public School Board Video Forum
By Steve Fletcher April 23, 2014

This year, voters will elect two candidates to at-large school board seats, and one candidate to each of three district seats. To help our…

Q&A on Marijuana Reform and Legalization
By Joe Sheeran April 22, 2014

When blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, long-term collateral costs escalate significantly. Such disparities…

Frozen State Aid is Declining State Aid
By Jeff Van Wychen April 22, 2014

Despite the most far reaching revisions to the city Local Government Aid (LGA) formula in two decades, lawmakers left out one major piece when…

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…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Our Flying Car Future
By John Van Hecke April 18, 2014

As legislative sessions go, this one is marked by relatively blip-free achievements. Progressive policy is taking a big step ahead after years of stutter-steps…

Minnesota Lags in DWI Prevention
By Conrad deFiebre April 17, 2014

Before I sobered up more than 30 years ago, I habitually drove drunk. Luckily, I never caused a crash or faced DWI charges --…

Reducing Income Inequality Doesn’t End with Minimum Wage Campaign
By Jeff Van Wychen April 16, 2014

On Monday, progressive state policymakers and fair wage supporters were in a celebratory mood, as Governor Dayton signed into law the first Minnesota minimum…

Tuesday Talk: Redlining is Alive and Well
By John Van Hecke April 15, 2014

Redlining is the practice of racial and cultural discrimination in the real estate, financial services and mortgage lending industries. A recent report from the…

The Equitable School System
By Michael Diedrich April 15, 2014

Whether you call it the achievement gap, the opportunity gap, or the educational debt, what you have in mind is some form of educational…

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…

Shortsighted Cuts Could Hurt Community Health Advancements
By Nicole Simms April 14, 2014

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program was initiated in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an attempt to address…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: More Campaign Finance Transparency Needed
By John Van Hecke April 11, 2014

Minnesota conservative activists wasted no time trying to leverage the U.S. Supreme Court's recent campaign finance ruling. In McCutcheon v FEC, the Roberts court…

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…

Video: Equitable Access to SWLRT’s Promised Prosperity
By Briana Johnson April 10, 2014

North Minneapolis residents, community organizers and faith leaders want to ensure their neighborhoods are included in southwest light rail's promised regional prosperity. They strongly…

Embracing Diversity Can Solve MN’s Educational Disparities
By Héctor García April 09, 2014

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are…

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…

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