Engaging Citizens To Create Policy Solutions

The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to ensure Minnesotans of all backgrounds and ideologies have the opportunity to be engaged, inspired and empowered to take an active role in public policymaking. Together we must work to promote democracy for the common good.

Recent News

Minimum Wage Study Committee Begins Work

Committee members convene for first meeting, embarking on four-month study on ordinance options for Saint Paul. We kicked off our Minimum Wage Study Committee last week with our first meeting. Members of the committee -- made up of diverse backgrounds, interests and...

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Citizens League Voice: Capitol Pathways Alums, Up Close and Personal

From the Citizens League Voice magazine: Capitol Pathways alums reflect on their internship experiences in state government and policy. With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota capitol to the next generation of leaders of color.

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Current Work

St. Paul Minimum Wage Study Committee

We are convening an independent study committee to answer key questions surrounding a minimum wage ordinance in the City of Saint Paul. Their charge will be to review previous scoping work, review other relevant research, agree on findings and conclusions from this effort, and finally, develop and put forward recommendations for a minimum wage ordinance to the City.

Calling Home

Minnesota’s 65+ population is increasing dramatically. As individuals, partners and families plan for life changes that are inevitable, we ask: What does home look like as we age? We’re here to help with the conversations and next steps as Minnesotans plan for the future.

Capitol Pathways

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns build relationships with established Capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about and build a strong professional resume in the process.

Citizens League Voice is a quarterly publication that stimulates quality conversation and meaningful debate by engaging Minnesotans of all backgrounds and ideologies with non-sensational journalism and fact-driven essays designed to explore the most effective policy solutions for today and tomorrow.

Voice is delivered each quarter to our members. If you’re interested in supporting quality conversation on the issues that impact Minnesotans, join the Citizens League today! You’ll receive a subscription to Citizens League Voice.

This time, we tackle the ‘Pension Tension’ in Minnesota: the facts and arguments surrounding public workers, economic anxieties, and the quest for retirement security. Contributors include MinnPost’s Briana Bierschbach, Mark Haveman of the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence, Tyler Bond of the National Public Pension Coalition, Kim Crockett of the Center of the American Experiment, and Katie Hatt of North Star Policy Institute.


The Citizens League hosts forums for civil discussion across Minnesota. Our event series includes events that are open to the public, member-only and workplace events to help inform and engage Minnesotans on important policy and civic leadership discussions. Event series’ include Policy and a Pint™, Mind Opener and EDTalks.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Capitol Pathways 3rd Annual Celebration

Help us celebrate the successful completion of these policy internships in and around Minnesota’s Capitol for our cohort! Come to meet the students, representatives from their host organizations, and other friends of the program at this end of session celebration, and stay for our keynote speaker, Justice Anne McKeig, the first Native American to be appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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