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Bruce Corrie: When you lift people up, they will lift you up, Minnesota governor candidates

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Thanks for offering to serve the people of Minnesota as governor, Scott Jensen and Tim Walz. I offer you a perspective on the best way to earn the trust, respect and vote of the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) people of Minnesota.

According to the latest census data, ALANA people make up over 20 percent of the population of Minnesota – over a million people.

I was a plaintiff in the recent redistricting judicial process by which the ALANA people petitioned to Court for adequate representation. The “Corrie plaintiffs Plan” was integrated into the way current legislative districts are drawn, and the judicial panel in their final order asked the Legislature to be mindful of the voice and needs of the ALANA people.

It’s evident when we analyze the current legislative districts that the governor’s race would be very competitive — and would be won by the candidate who earns the trust and respect of the ALANA people and can mobilize them to come out and vote for him.

Most ALANA people are not activists but go about their everyday lives pursuing the American dream. Many appreciate the values of the DFL, GOP, and other political parties and support candidates who reflect those values. Many are political independents because they see their values reflected in multiple parties. They are very perceptive about how elected officials engage with them. They are not convinced that elected leaders are adequately representing their interests.

If you want to earn the trust and respect of the ALANA people, here are some suggestions.

 

Understand and acknowledge the huge economic contribution the ALANA communities make to Minnesota.

I estimate the ALANA economy to be at least $1.4 trillion, based on lifetime income and the value of homes and businesses. That’s bigger than the GDP of Mexico. Whenever I share the many economic contributions of the ALANA communities, I observe the faces and the spirit of the ALANA people in the audience light up. For the first time, they are hearing someone from a mainstream academic institution document and celebrate the value they bring to Minnesota. They understand the denial of the value of a human being is at the heart of racism. So, they need to hear you as a leader acknowledge and celebrate that value.

Here are some details about the $1.4 trillion ALANA economy. Most of this amount is the lifetime earnings of ALANA workers. For example, according to research from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University,  the median lifetime earnings for someone with a high school degree is $1.3 million. Apart from lifetime earnings, we add the value of their homes and businesses using Census data. Further, I recently estimated, using the IMPLAN model, that ALANA workers help produce around $190 billion in goods and services in Minnesota and support over a million jobs and $24 billion in taxes. The ALANA economy is the crown jewel in Minnesota.

 

Understand and act on the insight that the lived experiences of the ALANA people are very different from those of white people.

The existence of racial covenants in housing document the fact that ALANA people were historically denied a level playing field and faced barriers to success. Offer policies and programs to remove barriers to opportunity and wealth building.

For example, ALANA businesses had a tough time accessing PPP loans during the pandemic. As you know they were shut out. However, when the Small Business Administration opened a window dedicated to small businesses for a few hours one day these businesses got in. If you provide access, they will take the opportunity.

 

Provide long-term wealth-building solutions.

Most of the programs offered are short-term. What is needed is an investment in long-term ALANA wealth-building infrastructures, such as various types of accessible capital, land banks and land trusts, workforce programs reskilling, upskilling and leading to well-paying jobs, affordable ownership and rental housing options, programs that not only teach people how to fish, increase their capacity to fish, provide a space to fish, help them innovate and create new fish and ultimately transform the fishing industry.

Currently, Minnesota does not have this business and workforce system to enable ALANA financial independence and wealth building. This deficit negatively impacts our global competitiveness.

 

Meet ordinary ALANA people where they are – at work, play or pray.

When you meet them see their value in a genuine way and invite them to join you in building a Minnesota that works for all. More importantly, let them know what you are doing to open doors of opportunity and access for them and where your long-term investments are going to be. In other words, you are walking the talk. ALANA people do not necessarily want a photo op with you – they want to work with you to produce the photo.

When people see you walk the talk, they will come out and vote for you. More importantly, they will join with their many talents in building Minnesota.

When you lift the ALANA people up, they will lift you up.

Bruce Corrie is a professor of economics at Concordia University-Saint Paul.

 

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Uk Approves Covid Booster Vaccine That Targets Two Variants

UK regulators on Monday approved the country’s first Covid-19 booster vaccine to target two variants of coronavirus, the original virus and the Omicron variant.

Half of each dose of the vaccine, or 25 micrograms, will target the original variant, and the other half will target Omicron. In clinical trials, the vaccine, an updated version of Moderna’s original Covid vaccine, generated a good immune response to both of these variants, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants in adults, have discovered the researchers.

Dr June Raine, chief executive of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said she was delighted that the new booster vaccine met the regulator’s standards for safety, quality and efficacy. The decision was endorsed by the UK’s independent scientific advisory body, the Commission on Human Medicines.

“The first generation of Covid-19 vaccines used in the UK continue to provide significant protection against disease and save lives,” Dr Raine said. “What this bivalent vaccine gives us is a sharp tool in our arsenal to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve.”

Side effects were the same as those seen for the original Moderna booster dose and were generally mild, with no serious safety concerns, UK regulators said.

The emergence of highly contagious subvariants of Omicron this spring appeared to reduce the protection offered by the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines against Covid hospitalizations, with more vaccinated people admitted to hospital with Covid than they do. had been during Omicron’s winter surge. But booster shots have increased people’s level of protection, scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month. The CDC recommends that people get booster shots as soon as they are eligible.

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49ers Foundation hosts ‘Players for a Purpose’ fundraiser for Bay Area youth

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SANTA CLARA — The 49ers gathered on the field at Levi’s Stadium Sunday night not to play ball but for a special cause: to tackle the education and empowerment of Bay Area youth.

The benefit dinner in the end zone is the only event of the year where the whole team is present.

49ers players took part in a Family Feud-style friendly game on stage, helped auction off exclusive packages and met fans one-on-one.

The mission of this fifth annual launch event was to raise funds to help tens of thousands of young people.

“At the end of Friday night’s game – to see them all show up and show up on a Sunday after training and give their time and give back – it really shows the commitment to being champions on the pitch and champions in the game. community as well,” said 49ers Foundation executive director Justin Prettyman.

Big names in football, including Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens and new starting quarterback Trey Lance, sat down with guests, as did coaches, team executives and owners.

“I’m very proud that it’s for young people. I’m very passionate about it. I think young people are our future,” defensive lineman Arik Armstead said.

Armstead grew up in the Sacramento area.

“I’ve been to a lot of camps growing up, a lot of Kings players that I’ve met over the years and taken inspiration from,” he added.

Since 1991, the 49ers Foundation has raised more than $50 million and invested it in various community programs, including STEM classes and health and wellness services.

“This last offseason I was able to do my first flag football camp which was pretty special, just being around them, being able to touch them,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “Whatever questions they ask it’s usually something funny, I don’t know, they’re probably asking me to do the ‘griddy’ or something. But the message I always try to to pass on to them is to dream big.”

Sunday’s event raised $760,000, surpassing last year’s total of more than $650,000.

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Stock futures fall as China’s economy slows

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U.S. equity futures and commodity prices fell as slowing growth in China raised concerns about the global economy and demand from the world’s biggest consumer of commodities.

Data on industrial production, investment, consumer spending and real estate, among other indicators, showed China’s economy stumbled in July, prompting the central bank to cut interest rates. The slowdown comes on top of pressure on the global economy resulting from the war in Ukraine, high energy prices in Europe, financial strains in several emerging market economies and rising interest rates in states. -United.

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India can grow 10% in the next 20 years if it builds strong domestic financial institutions: Sanjiv Bajaj

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India Can Grow 10% In The Next 20 Years If It Builds Strong Domestic Financial Institutions: Sanjiv Bajaj

Prime Minister Modi has called on all citizens to commit to India becoming a “developed nation” within the next 25 years.

In his Independence Day speech marking the 75th anniversary, the Prime Minister listed 5 promises to make the dreams of freedom fighters come true when India marks its 100th anniversary as a free nation. The first was to make India a developed nation, the second was to erase all traces of bondage, the third was to be proud of India’s heritage, the fourth was to focus on the strength of unity and the fifth was the honesty of all citizens in the performance of their duties. including those in high office.

The Prime Minister singled out corruption and nepotism as the big challenges facing India at this juncture.

The Prime Minister also launched a pitch for “Make in India”. In fact, for the first time, locally developed Howitzer guns were used for the ceremonial 21-gun salute. The Prime Minister has called on private businesses to embrace the idea of ​​Make in India more fervently.

Highlighting India’s digital revolution, the Prime Minister also said that this decade would be a “techade” for India. He also made an addition to the famous slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan by Lal Bahadur Shastri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee added Jai Vigyaan and Prime Minister Modi today added Jai Anusandhan to highlight the need for research and innovation.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18Sanjiv Bajaj, Chairman of CII, Chairman and CEO of Bajaj Finserv, believes that India has a golden opportunity to grow by 8-10% over the next 20 years if it builds strong domestic financial institutions.

“India has a golden opportunity over the next 10-20 years to grow 8-10% as an economy. However, to achieve this, we must continue to focus on building a strong set of national financial institutions,” Bajaj said.

According to Chandrajit Banerjee, CEO of CII, the Prime Minister has created the ambitious mood in India to achieve the goals.

“The Prime Minister has clearly defined the ambitious mood in India with the goals that we have to look at. There would still be an unfinished agenda that needs to be done in the next 25 years for us to achieve all of this.

Banerjee thinks India needs faster reforms in the land, labor and energy sectors. He added that the country must focus on sectors like AI, the technology of the future.

“India still needs faster market reforms such as land, labor and energy reforms – progress has been made but we need to see implementation in states. Education and health is very important for us to get a place on the high table, agriculture needs a lot of attention.

Sanjiv Puri, Vice President of CII, President and Managing Director of ITC, said India has huge opportunities in the agricultural sector. He believes companies need to step into the agricultural stack to transform the sector through digitalization.

“According to estimates, by 2050, global food production must increase by 59-98% and this must be done in a situation where natural resources are depleting. India has the largest arable land and so we have a huge opportunity to improve productivity and quality. Companies must therefore enter the agricultural sector to digitize and bring the power of technology to agriculture.

Watch the video for the whole discussion.

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The congressional effort on climate change is a good effort. Hope it works

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Colorado residents are probably wondering what to make of the Inflation Reduction Act. Is this a reckless tax and spending scheme that includes teeth in the form of 86,000 new IRS agents, or is this a fiscally responsible way to save us from the deepening crisis of global warming ?

First of all, yes the headline is ridiculous – it is unlikely to reduce inflation significantly, although it will reduce health insurance costs for those who buy their plans on the ACA market with a continuation of increased subsidies.

A much more accurate title would be the Renewable Energy Incentives and Tax Reform Bill.

The bottom line is that the legislation will do demonstrable good in helping the United States move away from fossil fuels, and we don’t think you need to worry too much about additional IRS funding…unless it there is something big in your tax record that you’d rather the IRS didn’t know about, bunch of offenders.

In addition, the bill is paid with a minimum tax of 15% on companies whose profits exceed 1 billion dollars. This means that even though some of America’s largest corporations have found clever ways to cut their tax bill well below the 21% rate, they will still pay a minimum of 15% (with some caveats and deductions).

The net bill reduces the annual deficit (by how much our $30.6 trillion national debt grows each year) by about $300 billion. Much of this reduction comes from Medicare finally being able to negotiate drug prices, so these are theoretical savings for now.

Compare that cut, however, to the reconciliation bill of 2017, Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and almost immediately caused a huge increase – from 3% of GDP in 2016 to 4.6% in 2019 – in the federal deficit, long before COVID wreaked havoc on our economy and federal spending. Today, our deficit stands at an unhealthy 12.1% of GDP, higher even than spending during the last economic crisis.

The bill attempts to reduce carbon emissions to slow global warming with a three-pronged approach: incentives for makers of solar panels, wind turbines and other green technologies; incentives for families to reduce their carbon footprint; and an excise tax (read penalty or fine) on methane emissions that trap 25 times more heat in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, who helped keep negotiating lines open with the necessary Democratic retainer vote, Sen. Joe Manchin, said the bill would be a watershed.

“The objective of this bill was to use the power of the market to drive a transition. We’re going to call it the big transition day, and we’re going to look at 2021-22 as the tipping point,” Hickenlooper said in a meeting with the Denver Post on Wednesday. “We’re going to scale when you look at $100 billion in incentives for wind and solar. We will attract large investment companies. We are talking about huge amounts of clean energy at lower cost.

Hickenlooper’s optimism is contagious. He speaks of a bipartisan revival in the Senate with such hope — Senator Mitt Romney came to his rescue when he and his wife, Robin Pringle, needed a place to quarantine during their battle with COVID. Manchin’s demands for the bill were entirely reasonable, as Hickenlooper says, including common-sense measures like putting a revenue cap on tax incentives for electric vehicles and fuel efficiency improvements. home efficiency.

However, while we would like to be sure that the $100 billion donated to green energy manufacturing efforts will be used effectively by corporate America, we have seen too much fraud and corruption with corporate incentives to celebrate with too much. of enthusiasm. We still remember Obama’s $80 billion investment in green energy, which suffered so many failures, including the collapse of Solyndra after receiving a $500 million loan guarantee, that it has eclipsed all successful businesses.

Whether or not the bill is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money or whether it ushers in a new green economy will largely depend on who gets the incentives, how honest they are and how successful their company is in cutting costs. and improving green energy technology.

We also recognize, however, that Congress needed to do something, and doing something has not been Congress’ strong point of late.

Hickenlooper has done well to get the ball rolling, and perhaps corporate America will rise to the task of using our taxpayers’ money wisely and efficiently. We hope because there is no alternative to hope.

Ultimately, we hope that Coloradians view the bill as a fiscally responsible step in the right direction for a government that has been unable to take a step in many years.

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“I was very disadvantaged”

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  • Exclusive: ‘Jurassic World’ star Bryce Dallas Howard was paid ‘so much less’ than Chris Pratt.

  • Howard told Insider that reports that she was paid $2 million less than Pratt for the 2018 sequel were inaccurate.

  • Howard explained that she was “at a huge disadvantage” when she signed on for the film trilogy.

‘Jurassic World’ star Bryce Dallas Howard exclusively told Insider that she was paid “so much less” than co-star Chris Pratt for the film franchise than reports originally indicated.

Pratt and Howard co-directed all three films in the “Jurassic World” trilogy. However, in 2018 Variety reported that Howard was paid $2 million less than Pratt for the second film, “Fallen Kingdom”, earning $8 million while Pratt took home $10 million.

In an interview with Insider to mark the home entertainment release of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” Howard said the pay gap between her and Pratt was, in fact, bigger.

“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports said, so much less,” Howard told Insider exclusively. “When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was in 2014 and it was a different world, and I was at a huge disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies and so your deals are done. .”

Howard added that she discussed the pay gap with Pratt and that he lobbied for the actor to receive equal pay on other franchise opportunities that weren’t already contracted, such as spin-off video games and theme park rides.

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“What I will say is that Chris and I discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on things that hadn’t been negotiated yet, like a game or a ride , he literally said to me, “You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m going to do all the negotiating. We’re going to be paid the same and you don’t have to think about it, Bryce,” Howard recalled.

The actor continued, “And I love him so much for doing that. Really, because I got paid more for this stuff than I ever did for the movie.”

In recent years, the issue of pay gaps between men and women in Hollywood has become more of a public issue.

In 2019, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo told Variety that she almost quit the show after hearing that her costar Patrick Dempsey was being paid almost double what she was when the show started. .

That same year, Michelle Williams said she was “paralyzed by feelings of futility” after it was revealed that her ‘All the Money in the World’ bandmate Mark Wahlberg had won $1.5 million for reshoots of the film, when she only earned $1,000.

“Jurassic World: Dominion” is available for digital rental or purchase on Blu-ray or DVD on August 16.

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