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Citizens League to honor Richard Davis at 2018 Civic Celebration

“Richard Davis embodies the values of civic leadership that the Citizens League promotes as an organization.” — Citizens League Press Release, 7/17/2018


Momentum builds for $15 minimum wage in St. Paul

“The nonpartisan Citizens League, which the St. Paul Foundation brought on to study the potential effects of a citywide minimum wage, has convened a committee to discuss what the minimum wage should be, if any exemptions should be made, how tipped workers will be affected and how the increase should be phased in. They’re expected to make recommendations to the city by the end of the summer.” — Star Tribune, 6/28/2018


Interview with Inonge Mubita, 2018 Capital Pathways intern

“For the third year in a row, Fresh Energy served as a host organization during the past legislative session for the Capitol Pathways program. With the long-term goal of making Minnesota’s government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the state capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Fresh Energy is proud to have been involved with Capitol Pathways as a host since the program was created in 2016.” — Fresh Energy, 6/20/2018


Interview with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

“We’ve embarked upon a pretty heavy community-engagement process around [a minimum wage] policy, with the Citizens League. I’m excited to help develop that policy in partnership with our city council, in partnership with the Citizens League, in partnership with folks who are on that task force, and all the people who plug into that task force process. We have a lot of questions to figure out, and that task force is tasked with coming up with a set of recommendations around that.” — MPRNews, 6/12/2018 (statement at the 40:00 mark)


Should St. Paul Raise Its Minimum Wage?

“‘This is definitely a work in progress,’ said Angelica Klebsch, the police director of the Citizens League. ‘The city is being very particular about how it writes this ordinance so there aren’t as many unintended consequences as other cities might have seen.’ — WCCO News, 6/7/2018


Public can weigh in on St. Paul minimum wage this summer

“At public input sessions this summer, the Citizens League, a nonpartisan group studying a minimum-wage increase in St. Paul, will collect data and solicit feedback on the second half of its report to the city. Part 1 was presented to the City Council in February.” — Star Tribune, 5/29/2018


St. Paul Parks and Rec would be hit hardest by $15-an-hour minimum

“The city recently asked the Citizens League to study the impact of a potential citywide minimum wage increase on St. Paul employers.” — Pioneer Press, 5/21/2018


In first State of City address, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter talks wages, police, gun violence

” Together, the mayor and the council will determine how best to increase the citywide minimum wage based in part on recommendations from the Citizens League, which will be compiled this summer with the help of a committee of workers, business owners and civic leaders.” — Pioneer Press, 5/19/2018


Council member representing the most small businesses is torn over $15-an-hour minimum

“I really trust the Citizens League process. They are uniformly well respected. They did their due diligence in phase one just to design the study. I’m pleased with the Citizens League process.” — Pioneer Press, 5/19/2018


Edina approves steps to address 'long-term racial inequities'

“Edina’s Race and Equity initiative was comprised of 30 community members, eight of whom were on the task force, according to the report. Conversations were facilitated through the Citizens League, though the policymaking nonprofit did not contribute to the recommendations.” — Star Tribune, 5/15/2018


League embarks on in-depth study of minimum wage hike

“‘Committee members were selected by the Citizens League to represent a wide array of perspectives on the wage issue.” — Villager, 5/9/2018


Commentary: It's time for an accountable Metropolitan Council

“Look no further for a history of today’s Metropolitan Council, and the now 51-year-old controversy that threatens its mission, than these two sentences and the words “elected by popular vote.” They’re on page three of a Feb. 9, 1967 Citizen’s League report recommending the Minnesota Legislature create a governing body to bring order to an emerging metropolitan community. ” — Prior Lake American, 5/12/2018


St. Paul asks Citizens League to complete second study on $15 minimum wage

“The Citizens League completed an initial report in February that included an overview of literature and studies related to minimum wage increases, as well as interviews with St. Paul workers and business owners. ” — Pioneer Press, 4/26/2018


Why, amid the push for higher minimum wages, talking about a 'benefits cliff' has become so controversial

“On Wednesday, the council likely will approve a second phase of the Citizens League work, which will include economic analysis of St. Paul and the appointment of a committee to consider key questions about implementing a new wage, questions around timing, phasing, and whether a tip credit should be included. According to [Pahoua] Hoffman, it will also include analysis of the impacts on public assistance benefits.” — MinnPost, 4/25/2018


Video: Catching up with Capitol Pathways alum Adrian Benjamin

TPT Almanac’s David Gillette caught up with Capitol Pathways 2016 alum Adrian Benjamin, now a Legislative Assistant with the Minnesota House DFL caucus. Adrian credits Capitol Pathways in broadening his networks and opening doors that led to opportunities in state government. Click to watch the video segment.


Discovering Ambiguity: Profile of Pahoua Hoffman & Citizens League

“The work of the Citizens League goes beyond highlighting the agency of each individual. It’s about creating a sense of ownership, a sense that we each have a responsibility and vested interest in bettering the world and environment in which we live.” — The Idealect, 4/15/2018


Great Plains Institute: Capitol Pathways Intern at GPI

“The Great Plains Institute (GPI) is thrilled to again serve as a host organization for the Capitol Pathways internship program. Organized by the Citizens League, the program “opens access to the Minnesota Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color.” The long-term goal is to make government truly representative of the communities it serves.” — Great Plains Institute, 4/9/2018


Found in Translation: Fireside Chat with Citizens League Executive Director Pahoua Hoffman

“As the newly appointed executive director of the Citizens League — a nonpartisan organization that engages Minnesotans of all ideologies in policymaking — Pahoua reflects back at her time as a translator and sees strong parallels to her new role: taking what she knows and helping people make their own decisions, just as she did for her parents years ago.” — Your Studio/E, 2/26/2018


Solving Community Issues Requires Community Voice

“In 2017, we commissioned a report by the Citizens League – Gathering Community Input on a Possible Minimum Wage Increase in St. Paul. What we appreciate about the Citizens League is that the organization brings together people with a variety of perspectives and points of view in a safe place where they can have a real conversation. When trying to solve community issues, positive discourse is necessary.” The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, 2/23/2018


In report on effects of St. Paul minimum-wage hike, echoes of Minneapolis debate

“[Citizens League] report was based not just on statistics but on listening sessions and interviews conducted by league staff with workers and employers, unions and industry associations, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. ” — MinnPost, 2/22/2018


St. Paul City Council hears first report on minimum wage hike

“About 50 people attended the first of what will likely be many meetings on the minimum wage issue Wednesday, as council members heard a report on potential effects of a wage hike from the nonpartisan Citizens League.” — Star Tribune, 2/21/2018


‘$15 Now’ advocates rally after report presented to St. Paul council

“Would a hefty increase to St. Paul’s minimum wage help lift her out poverty, or reduce her hours? Would an increase to her income mean she no longer qualifies for certain public assistance programs? At the request of the St. Paul Foundation, the nonpartisan Citizens League spent two months exploring those topics and others. [Executive Director Pahoua Yang] Hoffman presented a compilation of studies to the [Saint Paul City] council Wednesday, setting the stage for a nuanced discussion about likely changes to St. Paul’s minimum-wage policies.” — Pioneer Press, 2/21/2018


New report on minimum wage in St. Paul lays out the stakes

“As city officials contemplate if and how to raise the minimum wage, a new report from the Citizen’s League compiles key studies on the issue. The St. Paul Foundation commissioned the non-partisan league to gather existing information about how increases to the minimum wage might impact small and large business owners, nonprofits, youth workers and start-up operations.” — Pioneer Press, 2/19/2018


These kids are earning while they learn. Should they get $15 an hour?

“Through the St. Paul Foundation, the city of St. Paul has asked the nonpartisan Citizens League to study the impact of a potential minimum wage increase on employers, workers and the tax base as well as nonprofits.” — Pioneer Press, 2/16/2018


St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter walks into $15 minimum wage battle

“B Kyle, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said she’s reserving judgment until people have a chance to react to the Citizens League report. ‘I think St. Paul needs to have lots more opportunities for people who disagree to have hard conversations, and still come together to have them,’ she said.” — Star Tribune, 2/3/2018


In Edina, claims of racism bring action

“The [Edina] City Council subsequently launched a Race and Equity Initiative to reach out to residents, workers and visitors to get their take on race in Edina…The initiative is made up of about 30 volunteers who live or work in Edina, including city employees, school board members and police officers. They are represented by a task force and guided by the Citizens League, a St. Paul-based policymaking nonprofit.” — Star Tribune, 1/21/2018


Good policymaking still has a chance — at the state level

— Star Tribune Commentary, 1/19/2018


Why St. Paul's minimum wage ordinance is probably gonna look a whole lot like Minneapolis' minimum wage ordinance

“[E]veryone involved appears ready to let the process play out over the coming months…Part of that includes what is being called a “scoping project,” which is being done by the Citizens League and paid for by the St. Paul Foundation, and involves doing research and talking to people in the community as a precursor to a broader effort around the issue.” — MinnPost, 1/19/2018


Editorial: In praise of intelligent decision-making — and the Citizens LeaguePioneer Press, 1/17/2018

Editorial: A deep breath on the minimum wage in St. Paul — Pioneer Press Editorial Board, 12/17/2017

St. Paul can do better than Minneapolis on minimum wage question — Star Tribune Editorial Board, 11/30/2017

Minimum wage debate takes off in St. Paul, with next mayor promising $15 — Star Tribune, 11/25/2017

Nonprofits could pay St. Paul something a lot like taxes, but ask nicely, says task force – Pioneer Press, 9/7/2017

Citizens League recommends St. Paul explore nonprofit donations to city budget– Star Tribune, 9/6/2017

St. Paul Considering ‘Voluntary’ Payment Plan for Non-Profits – KSTP, 9/6/2017

St. Paul looks to colleges, hospitals and nonprofits in a tight budget year – Star Tribune, 7/15/2017

Understanding democracy: A July 4th assessment – Sean Kershaw Commentary in Star Tribune, 7/4/2017

A good crew to kick the tires on St. Paul’s tax system – Pioneer Press Editorial Board, 5/31/2017

“Citizens League called for staggered terms for council members” and “a more public nomination process for council members” – Star Tribune Editorial Board, 5/17/2017

Rethinking Taxes in St. Paul — (Video) Interview with Executive Director Sean Kershaw, TPT Almanac, 4/14/2017

St. Paul wants to know if tax-exempt churches, schools would contribute voluntarily to budget — MPRNews, 4/13/2017

Citizens League panel to help St. Paul study options to pay for city services — Star Tribune, 4/12/2017

St. Paul: universities, museums, etc., don’t owe taxes, but should they pay in other ways? — Pioneer Press, 4/12/2017

St. Paul wants to know if its hospitals, universities and museums can be induced — or shamed — into paying more for city services — MinnPost, 4/12/2017

Editorial: A transit-funding solution could look like this — Pioneer Press, 3/5/2017

Citizens League may have refreshed role as regional arbiter — Star Tribune Editorial, 3/3/2017

Citizens League report hopes to break the transit ‘logjam’ — Star Tribune, 2/21/2017

Editorial: Time for a tune-up of Minnesota’s Truth-in-Taxation procedures — Pioneer Press Editorial, 2/8/2017

Diverse Voices at the Capitol: St. Kate’s Students Secure Policy Internships— St. Kate’s Newswire, 1/11/2017

Citizens League Welcomes New Board Members in 2017 — Citizens League Press Release, 1/12/2017

Capitol Pathways is Back, Placing Student Interns of Color at the Capitol — Citizens League Press Release, 12/30/2016

Imagining New Futures: Artists & Aging Pilot — Creative Exchange by Springboard for the Arts, 12/19/2016

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