Public Policy

Bosses asked me to profile Somali community members, airport security official says

A top-ranking security official at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport told U.S. lawmakers this week that he was asked to target Somali travelers. “On April 8, 2016 my supervisors...

April 28, 2016

Anoka Ramsey

Could State Skills Program Benefit Minority-Owned Businesses?

Though the MJSP has awarded millions in grants over the years, some say the state could do much more to make sure minority-owned businesses are taking advantage of such opportunities.

April 26, 2016

Dayton Hires Equity Veteran To Tackle State’s Economic Disparities

Karen Francois previously served in a similar department at the City of Minneapolis.

April 21, 2016

After Panama Papers scandal, MN lawmaker proposes closing loopholes here

A Minnesota lawmaker is targeting tax maneuvers in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal. Rep. Frank Hornstein proposed a bill that would close loopholes he says some Minnesota companies use to...

April 18, 2016

How much should we spend on rural Internet help? Lawmakers are divided

Less than half of the households in 29 rural Minnesota counties have access to broadband, according to a statement released last week. “If this was telephone or electricity, people would be...

April 17, 2016


Dayton Remains Biggest Hurdle In Fireworks Legalization

A bill allowing aerial fireworks already passed the House and could make it through the Senate. But the governor has public safety concerns.

April 14, 2016

MN lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate is the same

The state lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the overall unemployment rate stayed the same for the fifth straight month. The seasonally adjusted rate checked in at 3.7 percent for March, the...

April 14, 2016

Fast food workers in MN protest as part of Fight for $15 movement

Fast food workers in Minnesota are joining with colleagues across the country in protesting working conditions and low wages Thursday. The protest in the Twin Cities, organized by the group Centro...

April 14, 2016


Will Lawmakers Change Income, Estate Tax Rules This Year?

Peter Nelson of the Center for the American Experiment spoke to the state’s legislative body and believes change could happen, but maybe not this year.

April 13, 2016

Report: Race is the driving factor behind economic gaps in the Twin Cities

Race and ethnicity are driving disparities in the Twin Cities more than any other demographic trait, according to a new report released Tuesday. The Metropolitan Council – the policy-making and...

April 12, 2016

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