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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 […]

In reversal, Senate votes down refinery safety measure

BY: - June 22, 2021

The GOP-led Senate on Tuesday voted down an amendment requiring refinery contract workers to complete apprenticeship-level training just days after approving the same amendment, dealing a blow to refinery union workers.  Teamsters at the Marathon oil refinery in St. Paul Park are in a contract dispute with the company over what workers say are dangerous […]

With refinery safety bill, Republicans forced to choose between old friends and new

BY: - June 22, 2021

This is ripped from Daily Reformer, our email newsletter featuring scalding hot takes on Minnesota policy and politics. Sign up here. A bit more about a key vote Ricardo Lopez focused on in his roundup of Monday’s legislative activities: An oil refinery safety bill that would have required refinery contract workers to have completed an […]

Biden speaks to activists who demand end to poverty, kick off national campaign

BY: - June 22, 2021

The Poor People’s Campaign held a rally in Raleigh on Monday to demand an end to poverty, kicking off a year-long activism campaign that will culminate in a march on Washington in 2022. Attendees heard testimony from speakers across the country, both in-person and via Zoom, as well as several live music performances. Speakers discussed […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this […]

Minnesota added more than 12,000 jobs in May; unemployment down

BY: - June 17, 2021

Minnesota added a net 12,000 jobs in May, including nearly 14,800 private sector jobs, with strong growth in leisure and hospitality as restaurants, bars and hotels hired workers coming out of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. Government lost 2,500 jobs. The unemployment ticked down from 4.1 to 4%. […]

Activists stand athwart highway expansion, yelling stop

BY: - June 16, 2021

DULUTH — Jordan van der Hagen, a landscape designer, wants I-35 through downtown Duluth replaced with a boulevard. The freeway, he argues, is a massive tangle of concrete shuttling fewer cars than it was intended for, while inhibiting opportunities for downtown development and more human-centered — as opposed to autocentric — movement. The idea was […]

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Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

BY: - June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON—The mayors of cities in Ohio, Montana and Arizona stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio; Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont.; and Corey Woods of Tempe, Ariz., all […]

U.S. House panel probes slow cleanup of ‘exploited’ coal mining sites

BY: - June 15, 2021

A U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee examined the cleanup needs for regions transitioning away from coal production Tuesday, with witnesses representing coal workers and Native American communities saying energy companies should be responsible for returning the land to its pre-mining state. Much of the conversation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing centered on […]

Minnesota landlord group sues over eviction moratorium as legislators agree to ‘off ramp’

BY: - June 15, 2021

A group representing some 1,900 landlords in Minnesota filed suit in federal court on Monday to end the moratorium Gov. Tim Walz placed on evictions through executive order in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit came on the same day state lawmakers reached an agreement on an eviction moratorium “off ramp,” […]