Progressive think tank Minnesota 2020 shuts down due to ‘funding constraints’

Leaders at Minnesota 2020, a progressive think-tank in the Twin Cities, closed its doors over the weekend.

The organization had produced well-researched articles on wide-ranging policy topics, like taxes, education, transit and wages. It was founded by former state House of Representatives Minority Leader Matt Entenza in 2007. Entenza resigned as board chair in 2009, but continued as a senior fellow with the organization.

Although Entenza’s unsuccessful challenge of DFL State Auditor Rebecca Otto in a contentious party primary may have angered many party members, management consultant Dave Colling — who is helping shut down the operation — said the funding problems are not related.

“The organizations that support MN2020 have done so for many years, through Entenza’s time with MN2020 and after he stepped down five years ago,” Colling said.

Over the years, the group also organized discussions with public officials, including one last month with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on racial equity and the budget.

Colling said in an official release:

The Board of Trustees of Minnesota 2020 has made the difficult decision to suspend most operations due to funding constraints.

The Board is proud of the work of MN 2020, which for 7 1/2 years has provided accurate, reliable and thought-provoking information and commentary on issues important to progressives.

MN 2020 is grateful for the support of the many great people and organizations that have made MN 2020 possible, including the many past and present staff members and the hundreds of volunteers that have contributed to its work.

And Deb Balzer, who’d been communications director for MN2020, said in a message Monday night:

“It was an honor to work with such brilliant people and I wish them all the best.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 09/29/2014 - 04:20 pm.

    That’s too bad

    They had some good people on their staff.

  2. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 09/29/2014 - 04:34 pm.

    Matt Entenza

    He either ran out of money, or ran out of friends. They put out some really good stuff, but ulimately it was always just about Entenza running for office.

  3. Submitted by John Appelen on 10/01/2014 - 07:51 am.

    It is strange

    I find it interesting that the many Liberal commenters here don’t find this more disturbing. From what I can tell MN2020 was one of the few Liberal MN organizations that did a good job of using government data to make a somewhat rational case for more government and higher taxes.

    I mean their home page looks like a DFL wish list.

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