Policy

Minnesota Legislators Focus on Housing Issues

As the 2020 legislative session kicked off, many lawmakers have put Minnesota's housing crisis under a microscope. From funding ideas and others solutions to...

Bemidji Residents Grapple With Racial Reconciliation and Healing

  Story originally reported in May 2018 One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz looked into how Bemidji Truth and Reconciliation and others are trying to reconcile a historically...

Homelessness Is Growing In Greater Minnesota

  Story published: March 2020 More than 10,000 Minnesotans are homeless, a number that is a record-high for the state and a 10-percent increase since 2015....

The Great Census Battle: Minnesota VS. Florida

  Not too long ago, Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower was a guest on my show, The Theater of Public Policy. She explained that each state’s...
Minnesota State Capitol with snow patches on the front lawn

Minnesota Lawmakers Focus on Bipartisan Measures

  For everyone who thinks politics has gotten too partisan, we have examples of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers who are working together...

People in Policy: Pahoua Hoffman Was Born in a ‘Secret Place’

  Meet the Minnesota thought leader who was born in 'the most secret place on earth.' About this segment: For several years, Almanac at the Capitol...

Get a Preview of the 2020 Legislative Session

  The governor brought dessert bars to create a quintessential Minnesota welcome for the newest legislative leader, Sen. Susan Kent, a Democrat from Woodbury, who...

Remembering Jim Lehrer

  PBS icon Jim Lehrer died in January at age 85. Lehrer was a talent. He was the writer of memoirs - three - and...

5 Misconceptions Minnesotans May Have About Homelessness

  It’s 2 pm on a warm October day, and Corey Samuels is driving under bridges, roaming empty parking lots and visiting the local food...

Wonder what it’s like inside a legalized hemp greenhouse?

  The sign outside says it all: “This is not marijuana. It will not get you high. These are hemp plants.” Why the warning? Because...