Our Work

The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers people to engage in civic life and public policy, to make Minnesota a better place to live and work for everyone.

Through our work:
• Minnesotans of all backgrounds, parties, and ideologies are engaged, inspired and empowered to take an active role in public policymaking, fueling Minnesota’s ability to implement innovative and effective policy solutions.
• The Citizens League is a relevant and respected policy resource and a trusted convener, focused on solving current and future problems, building civic capacity, and earning the ongoing support of our Minnesota community.

Since 1952, the Citizens League has been solving problems on a wide range of issues, including schools, taxes, transportation, health care, and water. An archive of our research, proposals, and studies are available in our Policy Report Library.

Below is a listing of our current and recent work.

Backup Plan for Solos

Without a supportive infrastructure, people who are aging with no children, spouse or partner – “solos” – are at risk for lower quality care, care that goes against their wishes or care that carries a high cost to individuals and society. We are looking for solutions.

Calling Home

In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), we launched Calling Home to have discussions about aging and planning for live changes that everyone faces. A series of community conversations have been held in the metro and greater Minnesota.

Census 2020

In partnership with the Minnesota State Demography Center, we’re engaging immigrant and ethnic communities to encourage participation and make sure all Minnesotans are counted.

Minnesota Capitol Pathways

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, our paid internship program places college students of color with government, nonprofit, corporate, law and lobbying organizations that work at or around the State Capitol during the legislative session.

Metro Transit Safety Conversation

The Metropolitan Council has selected the Citizens League to help in a first phase of a larger project by facilitating a regional safety conversation – for customers, transit operators, business owners, employees, our neighbors near transit stops and stations, community leaders, and members of the broader regional community.

St. Paul Minimum Wage Project

This scoping project regarding potential changes to the minimum wage in Saint Paul involves interviews and research with a diverse group of stakeholders. This pre-work could lead to larger potential effort in 2018 to answer these questions and propose an implementation plan for Saint Paul.

Young Leaders’ Regional Vision Project

In 2019, the Citizens League undertook a collaborative project which envisioned what the Twin Cities region might look like in the future, if designed by today’s younger social, business, and thought leaders. 

Saint Paul Community-First Public Safety Commission

The Citizens League has been selected by the City of Saint Paul to lead a Community-First Public Safety Commission. The commission will help shape Saint Paul’s continued work to take a holistic and sustainable approach to building safer outcomes in its neighborhoods. 

Source Water Protection

Community members are critical to conversations surrounding the policies that directly affect their lives. The Citizens League partnered with the Environmental Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Health to convene residents throughout Minnesota to discuss the state of their drinking water. These conversations led to the following report from Environmental Initiative, which will guide the creation of a formal, statewide collaboration to protect drinking water in our state.

Citizens League
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St. Paul, MN 55101
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