- Hearing from Sean Kershaw, Executive Director of Citizens League about how everyone needs to be a policy maker and work together to form real solutions to big policy challenges daily. A popular remark among participants can be summarized as this, when discussing the future of taking care of our aging population, we are going to need to come together and devise partisan solutions to pay for their needs. Typical political party positioning won’t work to solve these challenges—the cost is so expensive that we aren’t going to be able to tax our way to paying for solutions, nor could we cut enough taxes to pay for the needed solutions.
- The class heard how leaders from three different levels of government—Rebecca Noeker, Ward 2 Saint Paul City Council Member, Blake Huffman, Ramsey County Commissioner, and Foung Hawj, Minnesota Senator from District 67—all approach policy making for the same constituents.
- Finally, the class was challenged by the astute comments from Terri Thao, of NEXUS, Pahoua Yang Hoffman, of Citizens League, and Wintana Melekin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change about what voices are missing from politics and how getting involved in grassroots organizing can change Minnesota for the better through authenticity and fearless leadership.
Follow the Chamber's Twitter account @SPACC and #spacclsp to learn alongside and contribute your knowledge to this year's LSP class during Media & Communications Day on March 9.