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Tuesday Talk: Whining About Pay Equality?
By Joe Sheeran March 25, 2014

Last week, State Representative Andrea Kieffer (R-Woodbury) objected to the paid-leave requirement in HF 2536, the Women’s Economic Security Act during a House committee…

Tuesday Talk: Southwest LRT Options
By Joe Sheeran March 18, 2014

This region needs the Southwest light rail, but we also need it done correctly the first time. So far, one of the biggest hurdles…

Tuesday Talk: What should be in an anti-bullying bill?
By Joe Sheeran March 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education calls Minnesota’s current anti-bullying law the weakest in the nation. While it requires districts to have an anti-bullying policy,…

Tuesday Talk: Can Union Bargaining Power Improve Communities?
By Joe Sheeran March 03, 2014

Something special is happening in Minnesota. The St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ recent contract negotiations helped pave new ground in combining community priorities and…

Tuesday Talk: The Data-Driven Case for Minimum Wage Increase
By John Van Hecke February 25, 2014

Arguments for and against increasing Minnesota’s minimum wage from $6.15/hour to a proposed $9.50/hour largely turn on emotional appeals. Declaring that increasing the minimum…

Tuesday Talk: Oil Trains vs. Oil Pipelines
By John Van Hecke February 18, 2014

With petroleum production in the Bakken Shale booming, transporting oil and gas is stretching Minnesota’s rail capacity, putting people and property in danger. The…

Tuesday Talk: If not Rhee, then who?
By Michael Diedrich February 10, 2014

Last week, the polarizing Michelle Rhee generated protests as the keynote speaker for a closed-door Minnesota Chamber of Commerce event. Protesters criticized the event’s…

Tuesday Talk: Job Training vs. Flexible Education
By John Van Hecke February 04, 2014

Schooling’s long-term goal is to produce a flexible, adaptable and skilled workforce. A strong public K-12 education is the first step but everyone agrees…

Tuesday Talk: What’s the right minimum wage for Minnesota?
By John Van Hecke January 28, 2014

Next month, Minnesota's legislators will consider multiple minimum wage proposals, ranging from doing nothing to increasing the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour,…

Tuesday Talk: Q & A on MN’s Uneven Housing Recovery
By Joe Sheeran January 21, 2014

Minnesota 2020 and Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) have teamed up to explore and examine the housing recovery. What has it meant for owners and…

Tuesday Talk: What are your 2014 policy priorities?
By Joe Sheeran January 14, 2014

From figuring out the most appropriate use of the $825 million state budget surplus to raising the minimum wage to ending the school testing…

Tuesday Talk: Did bad policy create homeless crisis?
By Joe Sheeran January 07, 2014

When it’s this cold Minnesotans pay particular attention to finding homeless people shelter. Unfortunately, this temporary relief only treats symptoms of a much larger…

Video: What to Expect in 2014
By Briana Johnson January 01, 2014

Happy New Year from Minnesota 2020!   Raising the minimum wage, closing the equity gap, working to ensure all Minnesota students have access to…

Tuesday Talk: Fighting Poverty at School
By Joe Sheeran December 17, 2013

We can’t allow poverty to be an excuse for poor school performance and achievement. Therefore, Minnesota must build an education system that helps students…

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…

Tuesday Talk: What are your thoughts on the ACA?
By Joe Sheeran December 03, 2013

Conservatives want to declare the new healthcare law a train wreck, hoping that we'll turn our backs on affordable healthcare. It's not and we…

Tuesday Talk: Frustrated with the Black Friday madness?
By Joe Sheeran November 26, 2013

This week, hundreds of Minnesota retail workers will spend their Thanksgiving on the job, helping their big box bosses pad multimillion dollar bottom lines.…

Tuesday Talk: Why Buy Local?
By Joe Sheeran November 19, 2013

For many, getting that one-of-a-kind gift is much more valuable than just another sweater, sporting good, or electronics gadget. That’s the advantage shopping at…

Tuesday Talk: Will Education Funding Stay on Course?
By Joe Sheeran November 12, 2013

Minnesota’s new commitment to adequately funding education has been well documented—$485 million in new money, including optional all-day kindergarten funding. It’s great, but it’s…

Tuesday Talk: Why are you voting?
By Joe Sheeran November 05, 2013

Minnesota voters are choosing mayors, city council people, and other local officials today. Decisions at this level typically have the most immediate impact on…

Tuesday Talk: Targeting MN’s Racial Jobs Gap
By Joe Sheeran October 29, 2013

Minnesota’s racial equity gaps are staggering. People of color have a poverty rate that’s roughly 27 percent, compared to an 8 percent white poverty…

Tuesday Talk Q&A: Beyond Fuel Ethanol
By Joe Sheeran October 22, 2013

Minnesotans have strong feelings about ethanol, with some calling it a homegrown fossil fuel alternative that produced an economic boom for rural economies and…

Tuesday Talk: Are you feeling the recovery?
By Joe Sheeran October 15, 2013

Economic and political leaders are quick to tout America’s comeback, but far too many Minnesota workers have been left out of the recovery. The…

Tuesday Talk: Why street cars?
By Joe Sheeran October 08, 2013

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have ambitious plans to incorporate a street car line into their cities’ transit plans. Metro planners are finalizing the…

Tuesday Talk: If Congress wanted to govern?
By Joe Sheeran October 01, 2013

If Congress, or more specifically the tea party, really wanted to govern, it could have actually gotten a lot done this summer. Instead, re-writes…

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