Public Policy

You can now pay-by-smartphone at all Minneapolis parking meters

Motorists looking to park at any on-street meter in Minneapolis can now pay with a smartphone app from anywhere, instead of going to a pay station. The program has been run on a limited basis since...

October 26, 2015

Invaders: Emerald ash borer now in Duluth, zebra mussels still in Christmas Lake

Minnesota’s fight to keep invasive species at bay saw a couple of setbacks Friday – one in the trees of Duluth, the other in the waters of a Twin Cities-area lake. Different state agencies...

October 23, 2015

City-owned liquor stores can help keep taxes down – but what if sales fall off?

Municipal liquor stores in Minnesota had another record year in 2014. But some cities aren’t cheering. There were 200 Minnesota cities operating 233 municipal liquor stores last year, and...

October 22, 2015

Working Families Agenda

The Rise And Fall Of Minneapolis' Working Families Agenda

Six months after Mayor Betsy Hodges made the agenda the focus of her state of the city address, the once-ambitious plan is now a lot less ambitious.

October 20, 2015

4 MN companies pledge to fight climate change with White House initiative

Four major Minnesota companies have pledged to join a White House initiative to combat climate change. Best Buy, General Mills and Target are some of the 81 businesses that signed the pledge Monday...

October 20, 2015

Xcel Energy wants to make the switch to LED streetlights

If switching to LED light bulbs saves homeowners money on their utility bills, why not try it with streetlights, too? Xcel Energy is making that suggestion. The utility company is asking the...

October 15, 2015

Betsy Hodges

Hodges Backs Off On Calls For A Fair-Scheduling Ordinance

In a statement released today, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said concerns raised by businesses will take longer to resolve than the current timetable for passage of an ordinance allows.

October 15, 2015

Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 3.8 despite state losing 5,700 jobs

Minnesota lost 5,700 jobs in the month of September, but the unemployment rate still dropped by 0.2 percent, figures released by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED...

October 15, 2015

Welcome package

Can A Regional Initiative Make Minnesota More Welcoming To Outsiders?

A partnership of more than 50 regional organizations, “Make It. MSP” is aimed at retaining and recruiting workers. Among its initiatives: an effort to make natives more open to those who weren't born here.

October 14, 2015

As worker shortage looms, Twin Cities businesses launch recruitment campaign

“We like it here. Come join us.” That might paraphrase in a nutshell a new business campaign that aims to stave off a shortage of workers by attracting new talent to the Twin Cities...

October 13, 2015

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