Work & Money

Homeownership slips in Twin Cities as developers focus on apartments and high-end homes

BY: - June 11, 2021

For decades the Twin Cities has boasted one of the highest rates of homeownership in the nation. But a surge of demand and a lack of building — especially after the housing crash and Great Recession — have created an acute shortage of homes that are affordable for most Minnesotans. “Demand for lower-priced homes has long exceeded […]

Senate Republicans drop rent control ban from eviction moratorium off-ramp bill

BY: - June 9, 2021

Minnesota Senate Republicans have backed off a previous demand that would have prohibited Minneapolis and St. Paul from enacting rent control as both cities look to put the issue before voters this November. Dropping the ban on rent control was a significant concession during negotiations with House Democrats as urban DFL lawmakers’ constituents get ready […]

With antitrust emerging as key concern on Capitol Hill, drug pricing comes to the fore

BY: - June 2, 2021

Congress is beginning to take notice as corporations become increasingly dominant in one or more marketplaces. It’s investigating whether Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are engaging in anticompetitive practices. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., just published a book about the need to revive the government’s antitrust powers. But if this is to be a new […]

Reformer Radio: Marathon v. the Teamsters

BY: - May 28, 2021

Workers at the oil refinery in St. Paul Park say the plant’s owner, Marathon, has put them on a path to catastrophe. “Safety’s kinda went on the backburner.… Especially now that big corporation Marathon owns us. It’s pretty much corporate greed over safety,” said Matt Foss, a fire mechanic and rescue squad lieutenant who’s worked […]

Poor People’s Campaign push for ‘Third Reconstruction’ in America

BY: - May 21, 2021

The Rev. Dr. William Barber and Democratic members of Congress unveiled a resolution Wednesday calling for a “Third Reconstruction” to tackle poverty and the effects of low wages across the country. “This is the real question — what is the cost of inequality,” Barber said at a Washington news conference. The resolution aims to achieve […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in April

BY: - May 20, 2021

Minnesota’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in April, down slightly from 4.2% in March as more Minnesotans returned to the workforce. People of color are still most affected by the economic downturn, with about 8.9% of Black workers and 7.7% of Latino workers unemployed last month based on 12-month moving averages. The unemployment rate for white […]

Homeless students slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told

BY: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Witnesses before a U.S. House panel on Wednesday advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are homeless and in foster care during the pandemic. “While housing is critical, housing alone does not close the educational gap faced by students who have experienced homelessness,” Jennifer Erb-Downward, […]

Reports: Drug manufacturers and middlemen both responsible for rising prices

BY: - May 19, 2021

The world of prescription drug pricing can be bewildering — intentionally so, some critics of the industry claim.  Whether that’s true or not, several reports this year show that the supply chain’s alchemy of list prices, rebates and net prices hurts consumers. And a U.S. Senate report says drugmakers and middlemen share the blame. The […]

Biden praises Tlaib, previews Ford F-150 Lightning and touts jobs plan in Dearborn

BY: - May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden used a visit to Dearborn, Michigan, Tuesday to praised U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, for her passion defending Palestine. “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden told Tlaib. “And from my heart, I […]

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery weathered a pandemic and civil unrest and came out stronger

BY: - May 14, 2021

Sammy McDowell just wanted to be his own boss and make good food for people.  But Sammy’s Avenue Eatery became much more to the people in north Minneapolis — “like the Cheers bar” — which helped his business weather a year that’s been brutal for restaurants, small businesses and Black-owned businesses.  In an interview on […]

Federal probe of drug middlemen urged

BY: - May 11, 2021

After years of accusations in Minnesota and elsewhere, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate wants federal regulators to investigate whether drug middlemen and their parent companies are rigging the system to raise prices and pad their pockets. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., last month filed legislation that would require the Federal Trade Commission […]

Effort to rein in electronic pull tabs pits tribal casinos against bars, charities

BY: - May 5, 2021

A fierce debate has emerged at the State Capitol over the future of legal gambling. Minnesota tribes, which control slot machine gambling, are pushing for closer regulation of so-called electronic pull tabs, which have exploded in popularity in recent years at bars across the state.  The debate, coming in the legislative session’s closing days, has […]