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Dayton outlines $100M proposal to reverse racial disparities


Minnesota’s rapidly shifting demographic makeup for the first time in years has brought to the State Capitol a comprehensive debate on how to reduce stubbornly persistent racial disparities in housing, education and the labor force.

Gov. Mark Dayton issued a $100 million edict to legislators last week, laying out a legislative agenda aimed at ensuring racial equity. His proposals, if enacted, would provide one-time infusions of capital into business-development programs, youth employment initiatives and down-payment assistance for lower-income first-time home buyers. He also wants more funding for the Department of Human Rights, a state agency that investigates complaints of discrimination in workplaces.


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