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Our top five for 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session may only last a few months, but policymakers should make the most of that time with decisions that move Minnesota closer to a future where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and share in our state’s economic prosperity.

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Economic recovery leaves many Minnesotans out in the cold

Even though the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, many Minnesotans are still struggling to find jobs and get back on their feet.

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Federal cuts squeeze housing assistance for low-income Minnesotans

Federal budget cuts to housing assistance for low-income renters “have left local Minnesota authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance,” according to a new report.

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Unemployment analysis tells a disturbing story

On the surface, it appears that Minnesota is recovering quite well from the Great Recession. Figures released today show the state is adding jobs and the unemployment rate is well below the national level.

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Jobs, economic development and housing budget bill makes important investments in our state

As the 2013 Legislative Session closes, the final budget bills have been passed by the House and Senate. Last week the omnibus jobs, economic development and housing bill (House File 729) received its final vote in both houses, investing $89 million in additional general fund resources to strengthen the state’s economy by creating jobs, increasing workforce training opportunities and improving affordable housing options.

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Higher education omnibus budget bill increases financial aid, freezes tuition

The higher education bill for the FY 2014-15 biennium (Senate File 1236) invests $250 million in additional general fund resources to help the state continue to build a highly educated workforce and make higher education more affordable for Minnesotans.

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Governor, House and Senate move forward with budget framework in place

As the 2013 Legislative Session quickly draws to a close, the final pieces of the budget are coming into place. Over the weekend, Governor Dayton and House and Senate leaders agreed to a budget framework for the upcoming FY 2014-15 biennium that raises significant revenues to close the state’s budget deficit and make critical investments in the building blocks of our future economic success.

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House and Senate make key investments in economic development and housing

For the state’s economy to grow, Minnesota needs to invest in a strong and stable workforce. The entire state benefits when Minnesotans have better access to education, specialized training and stable housing. The House and Senate omnibus economic development bills propose new investments to strengthen the workforce through more jobs, training and affordable housing options.

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Higher education budget bills focus on making college affordable

By 2018, Minnesota’s employers are expected to require one of the most highly educated workforces in the nation, with 70 percent of jobs needing some education beyond high school. The House and Senate help prepare us to meet those needs by investing in higher education in their omnibus higher education bills.

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A first look at sequestration's impact on Minnesota

It’s April in Minnesota, which means many of us are caught up in the budget discussions brewing at the state Capitol. However, at the federal level, policymakers’ inability to reach a deficit-reduction deal has triggered a series of across-the-board federal spending reductions. These automatic cuts, known as sequestration, started to take effect on March 1.

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