The report on wind energy employment comes as state lawmakers are debating the role Minnesota government should play in speeding the transition to a carbon-free power grid.
The Legislature re-instituted an “angel” tax credit and created “Launch Minnesota” to nurture the state’s tech scene. Lawmakers also agreed to spend $40 million on a grant program to help build infrastructure for rural high-speed internet.
Equity money makes up a significant chunk of state spending on workforce development, and direct payments to nonprofits specifically chosen by the Legislature have ignited considerable debate at the state Capitol.
The equity program has been popular at the Capitol. But it has also been the source of friction between some nonprofits and the state Department of Employment and Economic Opportunity, which administers the funding.
What that means for parents, and business owners, concerned about making child care cheaper — and easier to access — across the state.
The nonprofit collaborative EMERGE and its partners have vigorously denied that there are any major issues with their work.
How much money to spend on the initiative will certainly be at issue this year. But the debate about oversight is likely to be just as contentious.
In the next decade, Minnesota is expected to add 23,000 personal care aide jobs.
Republicans weren’t exactly keen on the DFL’s priority on child care — expanding CCAP — before the audit, and the report has heightened their opposition.
Fraud, dysfunction, failed policies and subpoenas all made their way into the report. What didn’t? Any evidence of a connection between Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program and funding for the al-Shabab terrorist organization.
Some worry that a new initiative, “Reimagining Minnesota State,” isn’t all that different from an old initiative, a plan that soured relations between faculty and the system’s former president.
DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said there was a move away from putting more money into grants he described as “siloed, carve-out programs,” but instead to “bring the philosophy of equity to all that we do.”
Grove, who once worked for YouTube and founded the Google News Lab, moved back to Minnesota from California last year before being picked to lead DEED.
As a region, the Midwest is expected to be highly impacted by automation in the workplace. Minnesota stands out as an exception.
From 2010 to 2017, Minnesota had such a program, which rewards what can be a high-risk bet on entrepreneurs and nascent startups. Reinstating it has been a popular idea among lawmakers from both parties so far in the 2019 legislative session.
A task force convened last year by former Gov. Mark Dayton has recommended Minnesota allow platooning and has drafted legislation to make it legal.
An advisory panel’s proposals have already revealed fault lines at the Legislature, where lawmakers from both parties doubt how fast the state should leap into the self-driving market.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to allocate $70 million for internet projects. But even that funding would only go so far toward the state’s ultimate goal — to bring much faster universal internet to everyone in Minnesota by 2016.
For the most part, DFLers have offered vastly different solutions to the problem, however.
From HQ2 to Janus, a look at the year in economic development.