Marta Popadiak, Organizing a New Economy leader
Rob Scarlett, Organizing a New Economy leader
Jen Arnold, Organizing a New Economy leader
Our state’s economic problems did not start with this recession.
For thirty years the consolidation of wealth by a few has left our state less equal and less stable. For generations before that, women, people of color, Native Americans, immigrants, and the poor were systematically excluded from full participation in our state’s economic and civic life. As the population of Minnesota ages and becomes more racially diverse, our future together depends on our ability to capitalize on the talents of every Minnesotan. We need to develop sustainably-funded systems of opportunity that include people of every race.
If we do not arrest control of our economy from the 1% that currently directs it, we risk being ill-prepared for our future. The focal point of this negotiation has been (and will continue be) the revenue crises we have faced at every level of government. Securing new, progressive revenue is necessary if we hope to take on the challenges we all face: old age, ill-health, and taking care of our kids. Beyond this, securing new, progressive revenue is necessary if we hope to re-democratize control of our common wealth. If we can do this, return economic power to the hands of Minnesotans, we can organize a new economy that is more robust, more inclusive, more sustainable, more democratic, and more humane than any we’ve had before.