Public Policy

Study: The middle class is disappearing because people are richer, not poorer

You’ve probably seen a headline reading “the middle class is disappearing,” or heard a politician yell something to that effect in recent months. The thing is, it’s a true...

June 21, 2016

There's a $3M deal to keep housing affordable in the Twin Cities

A $3 million deal will help keep housing prices low for Minnesotans. The Hennepin County Board made the deal after a low-income housing group argued that affordable housing is disappearing in the...

June 18, 2016

Minnesota Commercial Property Taxes Among Nation's Highest

The state's Chamber of Commerce continues its call on lawmakers to eliminate the statewide general property tax.

June 16, 2016

Yes, Lake Calhoun is contaminated – here's how much, and how it's being fixed

Lake Calhoun is one of Minneapolis’ most popular and packed lakes during the summer. It’s also contaminated with something called PFOS. Now, don’t panic – they’ve been...

June 16, 2016

A Series Of Small Fights Reveals Deep Divisions Over The Future Of St. Paul

A city that is getting younger, more racially diverse and more urban is grappling with what it will look like in coming years.

June 14, 2016


Have The Political Winds Finally Shifted On Lifting The Cuban Embargo?

Americans oppose the continuation of the embargo by a large margin. Congress might be starting to notice.

June 09, 2016


Will A $2,000 Tuition Hike Hurt The U’s Ability To Recruit Out-Of-State Students?

Because they generally pay higher tuition, out-of-state students are a key part of the University of Minnesota’s annual budget—especially in the face of decreasing support of the school from legislators in St. Paul.

June 02, 2016


‘The Challenges We Have Are Clear’: A Q&A With New DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy

Hardy’s appointment comes at a time when the Governor and policymakers are increasingly emphasizing equity in conversations about the state’s economy.

May 31, 2016

State Nears Adoption Of Equity Crowdfunding Rules

MNvest passed during the 2015 legislative session, but it has been in rulemaking since.

May 31, 2016

What Minneapolis' new paid sick and safe leave rules mean for workers

Standing ovation in City Council Chambers after the City Council unanimously adopts #PaidSick4All ordinance. — Ben Somogyi (@brsomogyi) May 27, 2016 Minneapolis is...

May 27, 2016

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