What a healthy pair of Twin Cities you have there! “Minneapolis is now the 46th largest city in the country, moving up two positions over the past year. … In 2014, the city grew by 6,560 residents while St. Paul’s population was up by 2,200,” report Kim McGuire, Jeff Hargarten, MaryJo Webster and CJ Sinner in the Star Tribune. “… [State Demographer Susan] Brower said new immigrants are the primary group influencing the Twin Cities recent growth. In the future, she said, Minnesota will come to rely more on new immigration to sustain its growth as the current population ages.”
Not only are there more people in the Twin Cities, but more of them are walking and riding their bikes to work. MPR’S Jon Collins reports on a new University of Minnesota study that “… found 414,000 people in the expanded 19-county metropolitan area made about 1.3 million non-motorized trips on a typical weekday. Biking and walking accounted for almost 9 percent of all trips in the region, according to the overall data. … The new non-motorized trip numbers are often double the size of estimates from other data sources like the U.S. Census and the yearly American Community Survey, said Jessica Schoner, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering at the University of Minnesota and lead author on the study.”
An analysis by the Federal Reserve reported on by the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel puts Minneosta on top of a ranking of states whose “… state taxes reinforce the effects of the federal tax code, further shrinking the income gap between rich and poor beyond what federal taxes do. … State sales tax exemptions for food and clothing reduce the income gap because lower income families tend to spend a greater fraction of their income on food and clothing than the rich. State earned-income tax credits—which supplement the federal EITC to provide tax breaks and, sometimes, cash to low-wage workers—reduce inequality.”
Then again, you shouldn’t put too much stock into state and city rankings. That’s according to Aarian Marshall writing for the Atlantic’s CityLab, who put together a list of “The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked”: “The trouble comes when rankings are done poorly, as the report warns—when they are arbitrarily or opaquely slapped together, intended as ‘little more than fodder for civic bragging rights.’ ” Tell you what, we’ll stop linking to these meaningless city ranking stories when you stop clicking on them. Until then, no apologies.
Also not apologizing: Gov. Mark Dayton. He’s doubling down on his comments about Republicans hating public schools: “In the face of Republican outrage, Gov. Mark Dayton refused to step back from his Tuesday statement that some Republican lawmakers ‘hate the public schools,’ ” reports the Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery. “ ‘Those Republicans who wouldn’t support either universal pre-k or wouldn’t even support the compromise I proposed at the end should apologize to the thousands of parents and their four-year-old children who won’t have the chance to get quality early education next year,’ Dayton told reporters Wednesday. ‘If they want to prove me wrong they should vote for universal pre-k. Then I’ll apologize.’ ”
In other news…
Intentional slight or predicting the future?
Looks like the Strib omitted the PiPress from its map of St. Paul, but included the parking ramp behind our building. pic.twitter.com/DxIpsCqZhT— Nick Woltman (@nickwoltman) May 21, 2015
Duh, just let the insurers regulate themselves. “A jobs and energy bill that came to the House floor in the final minutes of the 2015 Legislative session appears to leave out a critical chunk of funding: money to support a division of the Department of Commerce that reviews health insurance rates.” [MPR]
Terrifying. “Man rescued from rural Ellendale grain bin” [Rochester Post Bulletin]
St. Cloud mayor attends 500 town hall meetings, gets sweet cake. [St. Cloud Times]