Wait a ‘Second’, Mpls Oh Mpls!

Notorious second place finishes:

2nd – Worst metro in the USA for minority employment

A study released by the Economic Policy Institute reported that the Minneapolis metropolitan area has the second worst relative disparity in employment based on race among the country’s fifty largest metros

hmmm – any ties to ‘civil’ shredding!!!

2nd – Worst for disparity of high cost and predatory lending provision to minorities

“Significant levels of high-cost lending unnecessarily impede wealth building in minority communities. High-cost loans have significantly contributed to the current foreclosure crisis, wiping out hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgage equity. The overwhelming and unexplained prevalence of high-cost lending in minority communities suggests that some level of discriminatory behavior continues in the mortgage finance market, as has been shown by other studies”

– data by NCRC, the Center for Responsible Lending and the Federal Reserve.

The top 20 areas where overall racial disparities were most pronounced include (in ranked order):

1. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN
3. Huntsville, AL
4. Ann Arbor, MI
5. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
6. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
7. Greenville, NC
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Essex County, MA
10. Durham, NC
11. Raleigh-Cary, NC
12. Dayton, OH
13. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
14. Fort Wayne, IN
15. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
16. Roanoke, VA
17. Rochester, NY
18. Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
19. Lubbock, TX
20. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

Adapted from New NCRS study 3/21/2011 (The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families)

As RRPI’s a Target Population (TP) of the Renewables Research and Policy Institute we envision and see a manifest of a disenfranchisement coming to the forefront when it comes to a renewable energy future for the population.

It is a witless (at best half-witted) misunderstanding to allow this (note:Gov. Dayton, Deed and Dept. of Commerce) and expect a vibrant economy within the state. To wit, the present ‘Great Recession’ has its roots in this kind of predatory and disenfranchising activity but somehow or the other we continue to do an excellent policy job of eroding our consumer, tax and human capital bases

RRPI’s opinion is State Reps. Bobby Champion, Jeff Hayden, Kathy Brynaert and Karen Clark are tirelessly at work on this on other issues. i.e. Governor M. Dayton’s forth coming economic summit at the U of MN – UROC in North Minneapolis on March 30th from 3:30-5 p.m. Even this event has it’s detractors albeit without presenting solid alternative solutions

In consecutive meetings with State Representatives Bobby Joe Champion (58B) and Jeff Hayden (61B), we acquired affirmations, contrary to those asserted by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS ( This heinous oversight by the dynamic duo of community organizing has left a wide gap in accurate information being supplied to the community by a DFL political plantation that feeds of keeping poop people poor in support of social service funding that has led to a dead end) of their commitments to youth, employment, the economic steering of a gem of a northside project; Sweetiepie and a host of other concerting issues.