Maybe all that “North” rebranding stuff is starting to work? Minneapolis (and St. Paul, but it didn’t make the headline) has gotten the attention of Atlantic writer Derek Thompson, who thinks Minnesota’s largest city may be the last best hope for Millennials looking to achieve the American dream (sorry, Gen X). What makes Minneapolis so special? Mostly, a combination of economic opportunity and affordable housing. Thompson attributes these advantages to a couple of specific policies — 1. ‘Fiscal equalization’:
The Minnesota state legislature passed a law requiring all of the region’s local governments — in Minneapolis and St. Paul and throughout their ring of suburbs — to contribute almost half of the growth in their commercial tax revenues to a regional pool, from which the money would be distributed to tax-poor areas. Today, business taxes are used to enrich some of the region’s poorest communities.
and 2. Affordable housing:
While many large American cities concentrated their low-income housing in certain districts or neighborhoods during the 20th century, sometimes blocking poor residents from the best available jobs, Minnesota passed a law in 1976 requiring all local governments to plan for their fair share of affordable housing.
Apparently MNsure’s first year didn’t go that well. This according to a new report from State Auditor James Nobles, who found, according to the Star Tribune, in addition to the “widely-reported problems with MNsure’s online enrollment system and customer service … MNsure staff withheld information about problems from its board of directors and other key officials before the enrollment website was launched.”
More on David Carr. At The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove reports on the late journalist’s wake:
Judging by the boldface names in attendance — HBO star Lena Dunham, comedian Tom Arnold, CNN personalities Anthony Bourdain, Jake Tapper and Brian Stelter; Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein, and the last three executive editors of The New York Times — one might have mistaken David Carr’s wake for a solemn state occasion.
In other news…
“University of Minnesota Police are asking students to be safe around the Green Line after Metro Transit police report that students are pretending to jump in front of or push others in front of trains.” [Star Tribune]
What you get for $2.5M … in St. Paul [Minneapols/St. Paul Business Journal]
Court upholds DNR fish restrictions on Mille Lacs [MPR’s NewsCut]
Minnesota has 60 percent fewer moose than 2006 [AP via Pioneer Press]