HN county attorney challenges staff to reduce Black youth incarceration

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman (Credit: Charles Hallman)

Taxpayers nationwide pay an estimated $8 to $21 billion each year to keep juveniles in jail according to a December 2014 Justice Policy Institute report, which found that the national average confi

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Lawmakers listen as educators share ‘achievement gap’ success stories

As Minnesota leaders in K-12 education continue to work toward their shared goal of narrowing the achievement gap, the House Education Finance Committee is looking t

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HRC: Minnesota is ‘solidifying’ equality but lags on important issues

The Human Rights Campaign recently launched a new index rating the states on LGBT equality, and while Minnesota ranks well above many other states, the report notes some glaring inequities particul

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City increases transparency with open data portal

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Last month, the City of Minneapolis launched its open data portal, a website that provides online access to municipally collected information.

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Council on Black Minnesotans announces ‘aggressive’ agenda during its ‘Day on the Hill’

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The Black population in Minnesota has increased by at least six times since the Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) was founded in 1980.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Paying for public servants

I thought law enforcement officials were supposed to be public servants. Like teachers, police and other law enforcement serve the citizens of a local area and are paid by taxpayer dollars. The latest threat to ten organizers of the December Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America, however, purports a different view. By charging these organizers with the cost of riot police and extra security ordered by the Mall of America, Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson shifts our relationship with the police to extreme anarchist libertarianism, where citizens are individually charged for the “use” of these public servants, even when they didn’t request them.

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Help sought to tackle rising tuition, student debt

A 15-year trend of rising tuition for students attending public and private colleges throughout Minnesota has captured the attention of the House Higher Education Po

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