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Minnesota’s Prosperity Depends on Smart Public Investments

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020, September 14, 2009 – “Minnesota is strong at the core” is the title of commentary by Art Rolnick, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, in yesterday’s Star Tribune.  Rolnick is also a member of Minnesota’s Council of Economic Advisors and a respected […]

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Minnesota is strong at the core

Arthur J. Rolnick, Star Tribune, September 13, 2009 – This state has led the nation, and will continue to do so, because of an emphasis on infrastructure — especially education. While one month’s data do not make a trend, the positive July job numbers (10,300 new jobs and a decreased unemployment rate of 8.1 percent) have […]

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Geoffrey Canada: Here’s how Minnesota can close its achievement gap in schools

Lynda McDonnell, MinnPost, May 28, 2009 – African-American children from poor families can catch up with the test scores and graduation rates of middle-class white children, the head of one of the nation’s more audacious social experiments told a Minneapolis audience Wednesday. “If you intervene early, you can fix this problem,” said Geoffrey Canada, president […]

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E-12 House and Senate bills: worlds apart

Katherine Blauvelt, Minnesota Budget Bites, May 07, 2009 – When the E-12 conference committee met for the first time, co-chair Representative Greiling opened the meeting by going around the table and having everyone introduce themselves and say the name of their favorite book when they were little (her favorite was Little Women). As they went […]

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It’s the skills gap, and it’s a long-term, serious threat

David Brooks, Pioneer Press, July 29, 2008 – Why did the United States become the leading economic power of the 20th century? The best short answer is that a ferocious belief that people have the power to transform their own lives gave Americans an unparalleled commitment to education, hard work and economic freedom. Between 1870 […]

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Businesses, Govt. Look To Get Most Out Of Day-Care

WCCO (AP), November 28, 2007 – Mary Albert wasn’t one of those day-care providers who just plopped the kids in front of the television set. Instead, she would ask kindergarten teachers what she should do to prepare kids for school. In 2005, St. Paul schools started Project Early Kindergarten — a program that trained child-care […]

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Cracks begin to form in Minnesota’s miracle

Guest Editorial:  LeRoy Stumpf, Grand Forks Herald, July 04, 2004 – THIEF RIVER FALLS – Personal income earned by Minnesotans outpaced the nation from the 1960s to the late 1990s. As state economist Tom Stinson put it recently, our rise in prosperity over the past 40 years “is an amazing success story.” Minnesota ranked around […]

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