Group Gives Minn. Legislature 'F' in Racial Report Card
Posted at: 02/01/2013 10:23 PM
| Updated at: 02/01/2013 10:51 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
The latest report card is out by a social justice group, and the grade isn't a good one for the Minnesota legislature and their 2012 efforts to improve racial equity.
On Friday members of the Organizing Apprenticeship Project gathered with other community groups to put out this appraisal on the state's work-- an F for 2012.
The group said they're handing out this rating because of the legislature's efforts against progressive immigration changes, and attempting to require voter ID through a ballot amendment in November.
"In Minnesota we have big disparities in some areas of education, employment, health. And when we have big disparities then we have unhealthy communities," said Jodi Broadwell, a member of the Organizing Apprenticeship Project.
Broadwell said the group did give an A grade both to Governor Mark Dayton for his efforts to stop those provisions, as well as to the people of Minnesota for voting in the 2012 election against certain ballot amendments.
The group also noted several Northland lawmakers who, they said, are doing their part.
Former DFL Representative Kerry Gauthier was on the only lawmaker to receive an A.
Senators Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth), Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) and Dave Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) received Bs.
Representative Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township), Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) and former Representative Tom Rukavina and also received Bs.