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Minneapolis Fed prez Kashkari: ‘I don’t think we’re actually headed for another Great Depression’

Plus: St. Paul school board chair critically ill with COVID-19; Minnesota gets bad grade for social distancing; Ventura officially drops presidential bid consideration; and more.

Neel Kashkari
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Neel Kashkari
Well that’s good. From an interview on TODAY: “Speaking to TODAY about grim new unemployment numbers coming out, Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, says they may ‘actually understate how bad the damage has been … it’s devastating.’ But, he adds, ‘I don’t think we’re actually headed for another Great Depression,’ predicting instead a ‘a long, gradual recovery’ whose pace will be dictated by the coronavirus.”

Not good. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports:St. Paul school board chairwoman Marny Xiong and her father both are critically ill with COVID-19, according to a public Facebook post by her sister. … Xiong, 31, and her father are ‘relying heavily’ on a ventilator to breathe, Amee Xiong wrote Friday morning.”

Minnesotans slacking on social distancing? WCCO reports: “In late March, as social distancing and stay-at-home orders were still relatively new, a survey found that Minnesota merited top marks for adhering to those policies. … Now, as we stand entering the third month, it appears that Minnesotans are no longer at the head of the class.

Logistics’ll get you every time. Also from ’CCO: “Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura announced Friday morning that he is not going to pursue a Green Party presidential bid in the race against incumbent President Donald Trump. … ‘Unfortunately logistics are not going to allow that to happen,’ he said Friday morning.”

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