Our Policy and Advocacy Agenda
Explore policies to create a “sliding” income threshold to slowly decrease benefits relative to increased earnings that will provide a bridge to financial independence.
• Establish Pathways to Prosperity grants as a permanent program within the state’s base budget that includes automatic forecasting and funding by DEED for the budget biennium.
• Increase investments for workforce education and training programs, including Pathways to Prosperity grants.
• Expand access to employment for individuals with prior criminal records.
Advance improvements and modernization of state workforce data collection and reporting systems.
1 in 4 people in our community cannot afford their basic needs.
People of color in the Twin Cities are nearly four times more likely to experience poverty than their white neighbors.
Out of the 100 largest cities in the country, the Minneapolis and St. Paul region ranks 88th on economic inclusion and 92nd on racial inclusion.
By 2024, Minnesota is projected to have 400,000 unfilled jobs. 63% of those jobs will require some education beyond high school.