Public Policy

With economic numbers bleak for many minorities, Dayton adds new office

Nearly 40 percent of African American children in Minnesota live in poverty. In addition, the poverty rate among African Americans in the state jumped from 30.5 percent in 2013, to 34.7 percent...

October 12, 2015

Franken concerned $76B takeover could hit MN's rural broadband customers

Concern that Minnesota’s rural residents and businesses will suffer led Sen. Al Franken to take aim at another proposed merger of media conglomerates. After playing a major role in the...

October 08, 2015

$1 million grant to launch food trucks (for the needy) across Minnesota

Food trucks are an increasingly popular way for restaurateurs to serve their customers these days, but could that same business model work for food banks who serve the needy? Things could be going...

October 08, 2015

Metro Transit will test $1 fare for low-income families

Low-income residents living in the Twin Cities may soon be able to save on transportation costs. Metro Transit is aiming to launch a six-month pilot program Dec. 1 that would allow low-income...

October 08, 2015

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds limits on Internet payday loans

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that out-of-state payday lenders who offer loans to Minnesota residents over the Internet are subject to the same restrictions as bricks-and-mortar lenders...

October 07, 2015


Minneapolis Fair-Scheduling Ordinance Would Be The Most Sweeping In The Country

Only San Francisco has anything similar to what's being proposed for employers in Minneapolis. But while the local ordinance would cover every employee in the city, San Francisco's covers relatively few.

October 07, 2015

After restaurants' concern, Minneapolis changes fair scheduling proposals

Many small businesses in Minneapolis were dismayed by plans to introduce sweeping reforms of working hours – and it looks as though their concerns have been duly noted by city leaders. Mayor Betsy...

October 06, 2015

The Pacific trade pact and what it means for MN businesses, workers

Minnesota businesses, workers, and elected officials are all working to learn more about the massive Pacific trade agreement reached by negotiators from 12 countries Monday. The Trans Pacific...

October 05, 2015

School district hires debt collectors to recoup $160K in unpaid lunch fees

“Gimme your lunch money” is what parents of children in Minnesota’s largest school district might be told in January. Hundreds of parents have racked up debt with the Anoka...

October 02, 2015

Feds reach $1.8B hazardous waste settlement with MN fertilizer company

The Environmental Protection Agency says Plymouth-based Mosaic Fertilizer has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to settle a massive federal lawsuit over hazardous waste. In the agreement with the EPA...

October 02, 2015

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