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A political pitch aimed at the underemployed would talk about how Minnesota will make it easier for working adults to obtain career counseling and retraining. How it will make the first pass through the E-12 system a surer foundation for 21st-century careers. How it will correct the pathetic shortage of guidance counselors in the state’s high schools. How it might entice businesses to create not just more jobs, but better jobs. And how impediments to full participation in the workforce — by parents of young children, or pregnant women, or caregivers of elderly family members, or the disabled, or people seeking a second chance — will be flattened.
One more thing Daudt’s been saying a lot is that politicians often approach problem-solving backward: “We don’t start with the organic problem and work toward a solution. We always start with the solution and try to convince everybody that’s the answer to their problem.” He says he wants to change that. For the sake of Minnesota’s underemployed, I hope he’s not alone.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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