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A grim milestone as U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 100,000; and 'housing justice' advocates fear folks who lost their jobs could lose their homes.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - MN: Social Justice

After the pandemic took hold, Minnesota saw a nearly $4 billion swing from positive territory to negative territory in its state budget. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the span of two months, Minnesota's budget has taken a pandemic-driven turn off of a cliff. And that prompts fears about how a large deficit will impact social programs and residents in need. Earlier this year, Minnesota had a $1.5 billion surplus. But the COVID-19 crisis w

Racial gaps in states such as Minnesota have been getting more attention in recent years, and some experts say those gaps contribute to higher infection rates for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Data from health departments in various parts of the country show that black people are disproportionately affected by the new coronavirus. Some of those numbers are reflected in Minnesota, and experts say long standing equity issues are at play here and elsewhere. University

At least a dozen people incarcerated at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and there are dozens more suspected cases. (mn.gov)

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has taken legal action against the state following a COVID-19 outbreak at the Moose Lake prison. The group fears that similar outbreaks will happen at other prisons if the Department of Corrections doesn't act soon enough. ACLU of

The Minnesota Housing Partnership estimates that 85,000 residents living in affordable rental units could be displaced as a result of the economic downturn. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve $100 million in emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent during the pandemic. The demand comes from a host of housing groups. They say despite the federal stimulus package and a separate relief plan approved by the Minne

Census officials say they haven't pinpointed exact reasons as to why young children are undercounted, but they hope that issue doesn't arise in the 2020 count. (Adobe Stock)

MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The nation is almost at a standstill as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, but that isn't stopping the 2020 Census from getting under way. In Minnesota, residents are being reminded to ensure all children are counted, even those in temporary situations. Minnesota has a strong r

A study by the Wilder Foundation says roughly 20,000 people experience homelessness on a given night in Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

DULUTH, Minn. - State government agencies have taken steps to protect Minnesotans who are homeless during the pandemic - but aid groups say they're seeing growing challenges by the day, and more help is needed. Nonprofits that help people living on the streets say many shelters were already at or n

Supporters of Equal Rights Amendments say they can level the field for women, but can also be helpful for men in a variety of ways, including parental rights. (Mike Moen/PNS)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesotans advocating for an Equal Rights Amendment say they're encouraged by progress made at the national level earlier this year -- but that isn't stopping their state-level efforts. The federal amendment, which would prohibits discrimination based on sex, reached a mileston

The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance, which has survived a legal challenge, requires both large and small companies to pay at least $15 an hour by the year 2024. (Clem Onojeghuo/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The legal fight over the $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance in Minneapolis appears settled for now, after it was upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Supporters of the ordinance are celebrating the decision. The higher minimum wage was approved in 2017 and is being phased in o

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