Work & Money

The group working to get more Minnesota women of color onto corporate boards

BY: - July 20, 2021

Lorinda Burgess is an accomplished businesswoman. She’s worked at Medtronic for over 23 years, rising through the ranks to become the company’s vice president of finance and its chief financial officer of the Americas region. Burgess has no desire to leave Medtronic, but she found herself still hungry for ways to develop and network as […]

A Postal Worker Begged for Stronger COVID-19 Protections. She Ended Up Spending Six Weeks in the Hospital.

BY: - July 19, 2021

This story was published by ProPublica. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories from them in your inbox. Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building. Alejandra […]

Q&A: How Minnesota can help single mothers and their children

BY: - July 19, 2021

Ally Hanten Ebert says her ultimate goal is to work herself out of a job. Ebert stepped into her role as executive director of the nonprofit Jeremiah Program’s Rochester campus in March 2021. She hopes that one day the program, which provides housing for low-income single moms pursuing college degrees, will be obsolete. “If we’re […]

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Reformer Radio: Where the economy goes from here

BY: - July 16, 2021

Unemployment in Minnesota has returned to near pre-pandemic lows and labor force participation continues to tick up, but recovery in the economy has been uneven and stunted by a persistent labor shortage. On this week’s Reformer Radio, host Max Nesterak’s talks with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove about the state […]

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Minnesota’s unemployment rate steady at 4% in June

BY: - July 15, 2021

Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady at 4% in June, the same as the month before, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday. The June data showed some good news for Black Minnesotans: The unemployment rate for Black workers fell to 4.5%, down from nearly 7% in May based on 12-month moving averages. […]

The Billionaire Playbook: How Sports Owners Use Their Teams to Avoid Millions in Taxes

BY: , and - July 15, 2021

This story was originally published by ProPublica. At a concession stand at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Adelaide Avila was pingponging between pouring beers, wiping down counters and taking out the trash. Her Los Angeles Lakers were playing their hometown rival, the Clippers, but Avila was working too hard to follow the March 2019 game. […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

Restaurant workers speak: Some are done; others want industry changes

BY: and - July 9, 2021

Sophia Bishop, 20, left the food service industry a few weeks ago to work in health care. After doing some restaurant work in college, she was at a Burnsville restaurant for about a year and a half. “For me, basically it was complete chaos,” she said. Mother’s Day 2020 was a disaster, she said, when […]

White Minnesota farmers file lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in federal loan forgiveness program

BY: - July 8, 2021

Seven white farmers filed suit on Wednesday in federal court in Minnesota against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging racial discrimination in the latest federal coronavirus relief package that directs $4 billion to Black, Native, Latino and Asian American farmers and ranchers. Tucked into the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden […]

After hiatus, Met Council again enforcing transit fare

BY: - June 25, 2021

The Metropolitan Council said in an email to the Reformer on Wednesday that Metro Transit, which they oversee, will resume using their police force to enforce fares on transit vehicles after a 15-month pandemic hiatus. The message came after House Republicans lamented the $7 billion transportation budget bill, which passed Wednesday, does nothing to address […]

Personal income skyrocketed in early 2021

BY: - June 23, 2021

Minnesotans’ personal income increased more than 57% over the first three months of 2021, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income spiked across the country in the first quarter of 2021, mostly as a result of stimulus payments from federal COVID-19 relief packages, according to the nonpartisan Bureau of […]