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Boosting the Minimum Wage

 

 

Saturday, March 8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Gardens of Salonica

19 5th Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413
 
 
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Newly elected 3rd Ward Minneapolis city council member Jacob Frey joins Stone Arch for a discussion of the city (and state) efforts to raise the minimum wage.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.
 
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Minneapolis proclaims “Don Fraser Day” PDF Print E-mail

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The MN Daily reports that the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Feb. 7 "Don Fraser Day" to honor the former state senator, mayor, and U.S. representative on his birthday. Don and his wife, Arvonne, were instrumental in establishing the long-running Stone Arch Discussion group and supporting many of Think Again MN's other activities.

From the article:

A former state senator representing the University of Minnesota area now has a day of his own. The City Council on Friday proclaimed Feb. 7, 2014 to be “Don Fraser Day” in honor of the former mayor and congressman’s birthday.

Council members also introduced new ordinance topics and honored the death of a community member. Fraser served as a state senator in the 1950s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

  “I found the job of being mayor one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever
  had,” Fraser said in a short acceptance speech that was received by a 
  standing ovation from council members and attendees. “I appreciate this very
  much.”

Read more at MNDaily.com


Read the "Don Fraser Day" Proclamation.

 

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Stone Arch Recap: Linda Higgins PDF Print E-mail

Stone Arch Discussion welcomed minted Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins this January. Commissioner Higgins was elected in a special election to complete the term for former Commissioner Stenglein in District 2, which includes the Northern Half of Minneapolis, Golden Valley and Plymouth.

Issues that Commissioner Higgins jumped right into included transit issues. There are two light rail lines on the books impacting her district; the Southwest Light Rail and the Bottineau line that would run North and West. This latter line is facing much less trouble than the newsworthy Southwest Line. In fact, all of the municipalities impacted by the Bottineau line have given consent for the proposed path. Southwest Light Rail is facing more trouble as Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have no agreement on the alignment or execution. Southwest is troubled.

In addition to the Bottineau Light Rail proposal there is also a proposal for Bus Rapid Transit that would run North and South along Penn Avenue through North Minneapolis. The true value of such a line would be connecting residents of North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center to the large number of high wage jobs in the southwestern suburbs. Connecting jobs to labor is just one more benefit of developing more mass transit.

Bus Rapid Transit won't be the only benefit for Penn Avenue. Both Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis and Lowry Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis are designated Community Work Projects. They'll see considerable upgrades in the coming future through economic development and improved planning.

Of course one can't talk about county level government without talking about Human Services. Hennepin County will be regionalizing its Human Services locations. Presently anyone who needs to rely on public assistance needs to travel to a single location in downtown Minneapolis. This will change in 2014. Regional offices will be opening across the county to improve access for people requiring public assistance. The offices in Minneapolis will remain to serve the city, but suburban locations will improve the number of access points for residents, eliminating the requirement to travel downtown.

In an effort to help residents of the county presently on welfare, Hennepin County had launched the WIN program. The Workforce Incentive Network program is presently small. The goal is to train recipients in higher wage skills and then provide placement services. To ensure that the county is successful in this program, a control group has also been established. This may seem unkind, but it's a considerable investment to provide training and placement. Comparing outcomes for the trained group to the untrained group is the only way to quantify the program's results.

Hennepin county is also becoming involved in education. Though the county doesn't provide any direct funding or supervision, it can be helpful. Hennepin is looking to establish stable housing for children in poverty and at risk of falling into the criminal justice system. Anyone attending our various Achievement Gap Committee meetings understands that unstable housing negatively impacts educational outcomes. Stability is helpful.

So check out your County Commissioners.

 

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The Orchestra Lockout and Public Ownership PDF Print E-mail


Stone Arch Discussion Group


Saturday, Feb. 8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN

 

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State Rep. Phyllis Kahn provides a review of the 15-month lockout of Orchestra players and reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of public ownership.

 

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins PDF Print E-mail


Stone Arch Discussion Group


Saturday, Jan. 11
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN


Linda Higgins joined the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November 2012.

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Before joining the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Higgins was the Minnesota State Senator from District 58, representing Downtown and North Minneapolis from 1997 to 2012. While a member of the Senate, she chaired the Public Safety Budget Division, State and Local Government, and Elections committees and served on the Capital Investment, Environment and Natural Resources, Finance, and Health and Human Services committees.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Ranked Choice Voting and the 2013 City Election - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, December 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Gardens of Salonica

19 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

 

sarah mckenzieSarah McKenzie of the Downtown Journal comes to Stone Arch to help us dive deep into the city election results, one of the most competitive ever with ranked choice voting.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.


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A Minneapolis Development Boom - The Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, November 9, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.urban sketch


Gardens of Salonica

19 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

 


Bill Smith - Biko Associates

 

Bill Smith of urban planning firm Biko Associates will talk about the development and population boom in the 2nd and 3rd wards of Minneapolis.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.


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Education Policy in MN PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

 

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020 Education Fellow

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Michael Diedrich is a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he is pursuing a concentration in education policy. He hopes to contribute to the development of a new mindset in Minnesota around education that emphasizes equity and reform beyond test-centered policies and "market-based" approaches.

 
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MN's Legacy Amendment - Phyllis Kahn - Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail

 

phyllis kahnSaturday, September 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

 

Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN

 

Representative Phyllis Kahn shares the ups and downs of Minnesota's most recent constitutional amendment.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee, learn a lot, and have your questions ready.


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Comprehensive, Affordable Insurance for Minnesota PDF Print E-mail


Manny Munson-RegalaSaturday, August 10
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map) Minnesota is designing its own Health Insurance Exchange called MNsure. MNsure will be a one-stop market place where Minnesotans can find and compare health plans and choose the one that fits their needs. The first years, individuals who are not covered under an employer’s plan and small businesses with up to 50 employees can use MNsure. Tax credits on a sliding scale based on income are available to individuals making $43,320 or less and a family of four making $88,200 or less.

Find out how MNsure will work from Manny Munson-Regala, Assistant to the MN Commissioner of Health for Health Care Reform, and the important considerations in its design. MNsure will open October 1.

 

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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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