Congress must raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for Build Back Better | Opinion

BY: - November 10, 2021

Over the last 18 months of pandemic and economic disruption, we’ve seen the hardships people face when they don’t have what they need to get by when illness or job loss strikes. And we’ve also seen how bold, smart policies can ensure everyday people and their families can put food on their tables and keep […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate improves, but over 236,000 people still out of work

BY: - August 20, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July, down from 8.6% in June, as workers still face sweeping job cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That means 236,832 Minnesotans were jobless in July, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new figures show that Minnesotans of color continue […]


What the rest of Minnesota can learn from the Iron Range’s desperate, decades-long search for jobs

BY: - August 4, 2020

I live along northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range, a place where the slogan, “jobs, jobs, jobs,” comprises a potent, if reductive political ethos. All problems would be solved if we had more jobs. Ergo: jobs, jobs, jobs.  Ironically, a writer could probably lay off two of the “jobs,” leaving just one “jobs” to do the […]


Jobs, not jails: Laborers call for $1.5 billion jobs bill, plus police and criminal justice reform

BY: - July 9, 2020

Minnesotans deserve a $1.5 billion infrastructure bill to support local jobs and projects. When lawmakers reconvene for a second special legislative session next week, we expect them to pass that public works bill, known at the Capitol as a “bonding bill” And they must also address the crucial need for criminal justice and police accountability […]

Brentton Holzer and his mother Stacie Zamora

The most in demand jobs in Minnesota don’t pay enough to live here

BY: - January 14, 2020

Of the 10 most in-demand jobs in Minnesota right now, only half pay the $15 an hour needed to meet the basic costs of living in the state.  And that’s assuming you’re single, with no kids or anyone else to support, don’t have student debt, can find a cheaper-than-average home, and can get 40 hours […]