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Tuesday Talk: Worried about a federal shutdown?
By Joe Sheeran September 24, 2013

Here we go again! The American people are facing a double whammy: we’re a week away from congressional conservatives shutting down the federal government…

Tuesday Talk: Strategies for Fighting Poverty
By Joe Sheeran September 16, 2013

Today the U.S. Census is set to release its annual numbers on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. In Minnesota, recent trends have been…

Tuesday Talk: MNsure Q&A
By Joe Sheeran September 10, 2013

Look at that, turns out Minnesota’s health insurance exchange will deliver affordable coverage after all. So far, MNsure has the nation’s lowest insurance rates.…

Tuesday Talk: Minimum Wage: Is $9.50 enough?
By Joe Sheeran September 03, 2013

Raising the minimum wage is good for workers and good for the economy. It will provide low-wage Minnesotans with purchasing power to boost main…

Tuesday Talk: Closing the Education Equity Gap
By Joe Sheeran August 27, 2013

Discussions about education reform simultaneously blame the teachers and laud them as the most important factor in a student's success. While educators play a…

Tuesday Talk: Have household budgets recovered?
By Joe Sheeran August 20, 2013

While key financial indicators continue signaling a slow, but steady economic recovery, national prosperity hasn’t translated into a more secure footing for many individual…

Tuesday Talk: Can economics and environment coexist?
By Joe Sheeran August 13, 2013

Minnesota has come to an important chapter in the state’s economic development. The grounds in southeast Minnesota house large deposits of sand used in…

Tuesday Talk: What are your thoughts on TFA?
By Joe Sheeran August 06, 2013

Recently the Minnesota Board of Teaching granted licensure waivers to 15 Teach for America members but warned the organization that using the waiver process…

Tuesday Talk: What are your transportation priorities?
By Joe Sheeran July 30, 2013

Minnesota's economic future depends on a strong multi-modal transportation system, with well-maintained highways, a comprehensive transit system that serves the entire state, safe bicycle…

Tuesday Talk: Are Minnesota’s new tax laws fairer?
By Joe Sheeran July 23, 2013

Minnesota’s policymakers made a major overhaul to the state’s tax system, shifting taxes away from middle-income homeowners and renters on to Minnesota’s top two…

Tuesday Talk: What are your thoughts on MNsure?
By Joe Sheeran July 16, 2013

To borrow a medical metaphor, Obamacare is a resilient patient, surviving a Supreme Court challenge and various gubernatorial and legislative attempts to infect and…

Tuesday Talk: How immigration reform benefits MN
By Joe Sheeran July 09, 2013

Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, focus on the debate moves to the U.S. House. The measure…

What’s the American Dream mean to you?
By Joe Sheeran July 04, 2013

Despite our great diversity, the notion of an American Dream unites so many people across, cultural, economic, faith and other backgrounds. While the concept…

Tuesday Talk: Why keep an international trade deal secret?
By Joe Sheeran July 02, 2013

Right now the world’s richest and most powerful corporations are heavily influencing how governments are writing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving at…

Tuesday Talk: Why the Farm Bill Matters
By Joe Sheeran June 25, 2013

Unfortunately, the Farm Bill has been grabbing news headlines for all the wrong reasons the last few weeks. Its failure to pass the U.S.…

Tuesday Talk: Q and A on Energy Legislation
By Joe Sheeran June 18, 2013

While recently enacted renewable energy legislation didn’t go as far as some progressives would have hoped, many of its provisions did move Minnesota closer…

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…

Tuesday Talk: Q and A on the Education Bill
By Joe Sheeran June 04, 2013

Today we're expanding our usual Tuesday Talk format. This morning, we’ll have Michael Diedrich standing by from 8:00-9:30 am answering your questions about the the…

Confessions of a Privatizing Corporatist Union Thug
By Michael Diedrich May 28, 2013

I got my start in education policy as a student activist. I testified at school board meetings in my hometown of Rochester, met with…

Tuesday Talk: Not doing enough on transportation?
By Joe Sheeran May 28, 2013

The Seattle bridge collapse recharged bad memories for Minnesotans. Five years after the I-35 tragedy, policymakers have specifically begun addressing Minnesota’s bridges, but the…

Elected to Lead Not Be A Proxy
By George Shardlow May 27, 2013

A while back, a young Minnesotan legislator attended a series of town hall meetings to defend a landmark vote. He had acted against the…

Activated Voices: Arts for Social Change
By Tom Niemisto May 22, 2013

Recent passage of marriage equality in Minnesota resulted after months of statewide grassroots organizing and activism. Countless volunteers worked behind the scenes working to…

Tuesday Talk: How did policymakers win? How did policymakers weasel out?
By Joe Sheeran May 21, 2013

Minnesota 2020 warned progressives and policymakers not to overreach this legislative session. Overcoming a decade of disinvestment and divisive policy would take a couple…

Tuesday Talk: How will marriage equity make MN more competitive?
By Joe Sheeran May 14, 2013

It appears Minnesota will make history by recognizing same sex marriages, a policy in which the state has trailed the private sector. Many Minnesota…

Tuesday Talk: Moving MN toward zero waste?
By Joe Sheeran May 07, 2013

Recycling in Minneapolis is getting a whole lot more convenient. The city is distributing big blue single-sort recycling bins, hoping the near effortless system…

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