MN2020 Reports

Valuing the Whole Child: Education Beyond Test Scores
By Michael Diedrich with Meredith Pozzi & Luke Plutowski August 27, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd The Pawlenty era was a tough time for Minnesota school districts, who saw state education aid…

Growing Profits at Workers’ Expense
By Lucas Franco July 14, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Tourism in Minnesota is a $12.5 billion dollar industry, and according to officials, the economic impact…

Minnesota Moves Ahead: Tax Fairness in the 50 States
By Jeff Van Wychen May 29, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Over the course of the last decade, state and local taxes in Minnesota became increasingly regressive,…

Uneven Recovery: A Look Back at Minnesota’s Housing Crisis
By Lee Egerstrom and Leigh Rosenberg, Minnesota Housing Partnership April 23, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd An uneven recovery is unfolding in Minnesota five years after the housing collapse this joint Minnesota…

Collateral Costs: Racial Disparities and Injustice in Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws
By Nicole Simms April 21, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites,…

More Dangerous, More Costly: An Analysis of Transportation Outsourcing
By Michael Diedrich and Sylvia O'Brien, Graduate Research Fellow March 26, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Contrary to popular belief, outsourced school transportation services generally have weaker safety records and are more…

Local Lessons: Five Case Studies in Community-Driven Education Reform
By Michael Diedrich December 10, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Despite the rhetoric from national school reformers, with their grand plans to overhaul education, some of…

Made in Minnesota 2013: Fair Retail Wages Strengthen Local Economies
By Lee Egerstrom November 24, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Many of the nation’s richest retailers count on poverty level wages to pad their multi-billion dollar…

A Decade of School Funding Cuts Reversed
By Jeff Van Wychen November 11, 2013

Download report (pdf) View online at Scribd After a decade of cuts in real (i.e., inflation adjusted) per pupil state support for K-12 education,…

Who Benefits: Demographic Impact of a $9.50 Minimum Wage
By Raise the Wage Coalition October 08, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd If Minnesotans receive the minimum wage raise they deserve, working people would benefit from a $470…

Blueprints for Rural Progress: Critical Need for Federal Development Funding
By Lee Egerstrom June 17, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Take away USDA Rural Development dollars and you start taking away small town assets, such as…

Crumbling Fiscal Foundation: A Decade of Decline in State Investment
By Jeff Van Wychen April 15, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd On this Tax Day, tea party activists will fan out across Minnesota to protest out of…

Five Ways Forward: Policy Ideas to Move Minnesota Forward in 2013
By Minnesota 2020 Fellows January 30, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Balancing the budget, restoring tax fairness, and reforming the state education funding formula will capture much…

Made in Minnesota 2012: Building Cross-cultural Commerce
By Lee Egerstrom December 18, 2012

Zack Avre, Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellow, Macalester College contributed to this report   Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd With minority…

Offense Takes the Field for Workers
By Will Nissen November 20, 2012

A Losing Bet: Projecting Right to Work's Impact on Minnesota's Economy Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Now that progressives hold majorities…

Wasting Away: Upgrading Minnesota’s Aging Wastewater Infrastructure
By Jeremy Dennison August 21, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd At more than 50 years old in some Greater Minnesota communities, the state’s wastewater infrastructure is…

Money Talks: Getting a Seat at the Bargaining Table
By Lee Egerstrom June 26, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Individually Minnesota’s workers, Main Street merchants, and other community stakeholders can’t change the Wall Street, quick-profit…

Sensible Incentives: Enabling Energy Efficiency in Rental Housing
By Will Nissen April 19, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd About this study: This report is an adoption of work done for Fresh Energy in 2011 by…

False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform
By Michael J. Diedrich January 17, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd After experimenting with market-based, competitive education initiatives for 20 years with little statewide education improvement, it’s…

Made in Minnesota 2011: Fertile Ground for Minority Opportunity
By Lee Egerstrom November 15, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Long before corn and soybeans dominated Minnesota’s countryside, its fertile land provided a way of living…

Holding Pattern: Problems and Progress in Rural Aviation
By Conrad deFiebre November 03, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Commercial air service in Greater Minnesota, launched in many cities shortly after World War II, is…

Hemorrhaging Homesteads: Projecting 2012 Property Tax Increases
By Matt Entenza October 17, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Homeowners, renters, business owners, and farmers, nearly everyone should expect to pay more in property taxes…

Declining Funding Degrading Quality
By Katie Douglass August 30, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd In overwhelming numbers, Minnesota superintendents say the state education funding formula is broken and without changes…

Foot-Powered Progress
By Conrad deFiebre June 27, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Bicycling as a daily commuting option has doubled statewide, including in Minneapolis and St. Paul, since…

MnSCU: Retooling Minnesota for Recovery
By Valerie Ong June 07, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd During the economic downturn, MnSCU played a critical role helping displaced Minnesota workers quickly retrain and…

Cooperatively Moving Minnesota Forward
By Lee Egerstrom April 12, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Minnesota leads the nation in cooperative business development, with at least 1,016 Minnesota-based co-ops accounting for…

Minnesota’s Tax Fairness Retreat
By Jeff Van Wychen January 18, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Since 2000, Minnesota’s state and local taxes have become more regressive, meaning low and moderate income…

School Funding Declines Projected to Continue
By Jeff Van Wychen January 04, 2011

Download report (pdf) View online at Scribd Even before the Legislature and Governor begin the difficult task of tackling the state’s FY 2012-13 budget…

Safe, Clean and Efficient: Moving Minnesota to Market by Water
By Conrad deFiebre December 16, 2010

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Minnesota’s marine navigation industry pumps a billion dollars a year into the state’s economy, providing farmers,…

Made in Minnesota 2010: Strategies for Growing Sustainable Small Businesses
By Lee Egerstrom November 30, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd When you “buy local” from Minnesota-based entrepreneurs and neighborhood retailers, there’s a better than even chance you…

Stimulated and Growing: Multiplying the Recovery Act’s Minnesota Impact
By Conrad deFiebre November 09, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Despite criticism, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 did much of what President Obama…

How Much Funding has the State Cut from Your School?
By Jeff Van Wychen October 05, 2010

!! Note !! For more recent data, please see the January 2011 report.   Download report (pdf) View online at Scribd Per pupil state aid to…

The Wrong Way: Minnesota School Transportation Disparities
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow September 14, 2010

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Minnesota's decade-long trend of underfunding education - inflation adjusted state cuts total 14 percent since 2003…

Minnesota 2020 Property Tax Report: 2002-2010
By Jeff Van Wychen August 31, 2010

Download Full Report (pdf) Download supplement (pdf)   Read online at Scribd   Property taxes in Minnesota have soared since 2002, the product of…

Minnesota Cities: Change in Taxes, Aid and Revenue
By Jeff Van Wychen August 31, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd   The recently released “Minnesota 2020 Property Tax Report: 2002-2010” provides information on statewide property tax…

Prosperity Ahead: Sweden’s Past Points Minnesota Forward
By Lee Egerstrom July 20, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Minnesotans should draw on ancestral and immigrant ties to Sweden to find ways to rebuild the…

Early Childhood Education: Upfront Investment, Lifetime Gain
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow June 29, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd The path to Minnesota's prosperity starts with early childhood education.  Unfortunately, funding for programs that ready…

Jump Starting Minnesota's Green Economy
By Salman Mitha, PhD, Minnesota 2020 Fellow May 28, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Minnesota is a national leader in green technology. Leadership by the state legislature has put Minnesota…

State's K-12 Education Cuts Run Deep
By Jeff Van Wychen April 26, 2010

!! Note !! For more recent data, please see the January 2011 report. Download Report:  District-by-District School Funding Trends (pdf) View Online at Scribd State education policy…

On Our Way to Average: Ranking Minnesota's Economic Performance
By Jeff Van Wychen January 15, 2010

Download full report  (pdf) Read online at Scribd   Executive Summary Since 2002, Minnesota's state and local government revenues and expenditures have declined significantly in…

Greater Minnesota Gets on Board: Transit Ridership Grows While Investment Declines
By Conrad deFiebre December 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf)   Read online at Scribd Introduction & Key Findings In the eyes of many Minnesotans, public transit is a creature…

Made in MN 2009: Homegrown Holidays
By Lee Egerstrom & Katie Mertz, Undergraduate Research Fellow November 20, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) Read online at Scribd   Executive Summary It's the time of year when people gather for holiday parties and receptions…

Minnesota's School Counseling Crunch
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow September 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd   Executive Summary Minnesota school children's mental health and academic counseling needs have dramatically increased in…

Checking in on Charter Schools: A Review of 2008 Financial Management Practices
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow September 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd View all Minnesota charter school audits Executive Summary Some of Minnesota's charter schools have a financial…

Best Practices: Minnesota's Highest Value Hospitals
By Kyle R. Bauser, Graduate Research Fellow August 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Click here to watch a short video discussion about the report. Executive Summary Minnesotans don't have…

Minnesota's Winds of Progress
By Nathan Paine, Minnesota 2020 Fellow July 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY When placed in the most optimal location, with the proper investment, research and…

Minnesota's Road to Recovery: An Analysis of Transportation Recovery Projects
By Conrad deFiebre June 30, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) Read online at Scribd  Click here for a searchable database of Minnesota's federal recovery projects. Creaky old timber bridges are…

Checking in on Charter Schools
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow June 15, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd  Seventeen years after the first charter school opened in Minnesota, this examination of fiscal year 2007…

Minnesota Property Taxes by the Numbers: 2009 Edition
By Jeff Van Wychen April 20, 2009

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Since 2002, Minnesota property taxes, in general, and homeowner property taxes, in particular, have increased rapidly. …

Adding Value the Minnesota Farmers' Way
By Lee Egerstrom & Aparna Bhasin, Undergraduate Research Fellow April 15, 2009

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scrib Aparna Bhasin, a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul and an undergraduate research fellow at…

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