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ALANA Political Powers Grows – What About Political Representation? New Report and Data By Legislative District

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A new report shows that political plate tectonics have shifted indicating the possibility of ALANA (African Latino Asian and Native American) communities now have the political muscle to create momentum to address wealth building and creation strategies beginning this legislative session.

Minority majority House districts have grown from 5 to 7. Minority Majority Senate districts have increased from 1 to 4. There are 3 House and 1 Senate district that could turn minority majority in a few years. House legislative districts with at least 30 percent minority population have increased 10 to 17 percent of all House districts and from 10 to 15 percent of all Senate districts.

At least 40 percent of Minnesota House and Senate legislators have 19 percent or more of their constituents from the ALANA (African Latino Asian and Native American) communities. This group represents a critical mass of legislators who together can develop and implement long term and coordinated economic development strategies to grow ALANA economic assets. ALANA communities make up 19 percent of the population of Minnesota with an ethnic economy an estimated $30 billion and pay an estimated $2 billion in Minnesota taxes.

The report ALANA Economic Interests by House and Senate District ranks Minnesota House and Senate districts by total income and percentage of ALANA constituents and the top 10 House and Senate districts for each of the ALANA groups.

Why is the proper representation of ALANA economic interests important for Minnesota?

In an online exit poll of ALANA voters in the November 2015 elections, most respondents stated that their policy priorities were not addressed by the elected policy leaders in Minnesota. During the period 2007-13 there was a deep decline in ALANA economic assets as reflected in income, home ownership and home equity.

ALANA economic interests as reflected by total income is an estimated $18 billion in Minnesota. If we include sales of ALANA businesses and value of residential real estate these economic interests will cross $30 billion. To this we need to add the value of human capital of ALANA communities as reflected in educational skills and qualifications. This large and vibrant ALANA economy needs greater political representation at the Minnesota legislature.

This report builds up and draws upon the work of OneMN.org in its testimony to the judicial panel on redistricting and the online exit poll of ALANA voters conducted in the November 2015 election.

Citizens can use the data in this report to analyze a legislator’s track record in growing ALANA economic assets or to analyze plans of legislative candidates to grow ALANA.

The report was sponsored by Chai.News and OneMN.org and produced by Dr. Bruce Corrie, Professor of Economics at Concordia University-St.Paul.

 

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