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Nearly 37,000 Minnesotans have already voted in the presidential primary

BY: - February 27, 2020

More than 36,700 Minnesotans have already voted in this year’s presidential primary, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Absentee voting for the primary opened on Jan. 17, roughly six weeks before Super Tuesday, when residents in fourteen states — including Minnesota — will hold nominating contests. This year will be the first since 1992 that […]

Minnesota budget surplus grows to $1.5 billion

BY: - February 27, 2020

Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew modestly, rising to $1.5 billion, state budget officials said Thursday. The twice-yearly budget and economic forecast is sure to touch off fresh debate among lawmakers who are deciding how to spend the anticipated budget surplus, which previously stood at $1.3 billion. The Minnesota Management and Budget office said in a […]

Minnesota lawmaker proposes $5 million for state coronavirus response

BY: - February 26, 2020

The spread of coronavirus around the world is prompting a state legislative response as health officials warn it’s a question of when — not if — the virus will reach Minnesota. State Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, announced Wednesday he would introduce legislation to immediately provide $5 million for the state’s public health response emergency […]

Will Sanders’ strength in diverse communities win him the endorsement?

BY: - February 25, 2020

A California poll examining candidate preferences contained some revealing insights into Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ strength in diverse communities, which could help propel him to the Democratic nomination if other candidates are unable to catch up after his dominant performance in the Nevada caucuses last week. The data show the uphill climb in large, delegate-rich […]

Lawmakers introduce bill to amend constitution to address education gaps

BY: - February 25, 2020

A bipartisan pair of state legislators introduced a bill Tuesday to amend the Minnesota Constitution to address Minnesota’s achievement gaps in education. The bill, introduced by State Reps. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, comes from a proposal by Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari and retired state Supreme Court Justice […]

Report: Number of Minnesota children entering foster care fell 10% in 2018

BY: - February 25, 2020

Nearly 6,750 Minnesota children entered foster care in 2018, a 10% decline from the year before, according to a recent report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. A total of 16,488 children, including those already in foster care and those who were new to the system, were in foster care, roughly the same as […]

‘Increase Teachers of Color Act’ clears House committee

BY: - February 20, 2020

A bill that aims to help Minnesota schools hire and retain more teachers of color cleared a House committee Wednesday, though prospects of it becoming law remain unclear. For several years, advocates have pressed for legislation to increase diversity in Minnesota’s teacher workforce, which has remained overwhelmingly white even as children of color make up […]

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4,000 janitors to strike, affecting nearly all Twin Cities office buildings

BY: - February 20, 2020

Commercial janitors working in nearly every office building in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul plan to strike for one day next week as they push for higher wages, more sick days and a program to reduce their environmental impact. Representatives of Service Employees International Union Local 26, which represents 4,000 commercial janitors, say negotiations have […]

Minnesotans could vote to remove ‘slavery’ reference in state constitution

BY: - February 20, 2020

A group of state lawmakers have introduced a bill at the Capitol that would give Minnesotans a chance to vote to remove references to slavery and involuntary servitude from the Minnesota Constitution.  The legislation, sponsored in the House by state Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St.Paul, was inspired by a recent Facebook post by St. Paul Police […]

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Minneapolis’ racial disparities in home ownership worst in nation, report says

BY: - February 19, 2020

Minneapolis has the largest gap between Black and non-Black home ownership rates in the United States, according to an analysis released this week by Zillow. Although the national Black home ownership rate grew in 2019 after reaching a 50-year low the year before, racial disparities still persist across much of the U.S. In Minneapolis, the […]

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U.S. Dept. of Labor sues Brasa Rotisserie for wage theft 

BY: - February 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the owner of Brasa Rotisserie, Alex Roberts, alleging that he failed to pay his restaurant employees overtime at his two Brasa locations in the Twin Cities as well as Alma in Minneapolis. The complaint filed Tuesday in federal court alleges that employees often worked more than […]

Survey: Workforce diversity in many industries doesn’t reflect state demographics

BY: - February 19, 2020

Most Minnesota industries are whiter than the state’s overall population, according to a 2016 survey by the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. The industries that most closely matched the state’s racial demographics were health care and leisure and hospitality, reporting that 17% and 15% of employees, respectively, were not white. Roughly 16% of […]