Minnesota Solutions. effective , efficient, sustainable solutions to community problems through the collaborative efforts and resources of citizens, business, government, and nonprofits. Why Minnesota Solutions?.
effective, efficient, sustainable solutions to community problems through the collaborative efforts and resources of citizens, business, government, and nonprofits
A confluence of forces are obligating elected officials and community leaders to do more with less, think smarter, act quickly, and learn new and better ways of solving problems– to focus limited time, energy, and resources on developing the best possible solutions to state and community problems.
Rapid social, political, technological and environmental change is transforming communities and states, bringing to the forefront conflict among interests
chronic budget deficits
dramatic demographic change
increasingly polarized politics
2011 Minnesota state shutdown
diminishing resources from the federal to the local level
increasing responsibility for problem solving without adequate resources
increasingly frustrated and alienated public
Oregon reduced the number of Oregon children in foster care by 20 percent.
Sherman County became the last county in Oregon to develop a public library.
Delaware formed the Cancer Consortium which led to Delaware having the best rate of improvement for cancer mortality in the country.
Minnesota Legislature passes Longterm Care Reform using collaborative processes.
Arizona Department of Transportation saves millions in lawsuits by instituting partnering policy for construction projects.
Manitoba, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and the Canadian and US Federal Governments form International Flood Mitigation Initiative to address flooding in the Red River Basin.
Maryland Department of Families, Youth, and children negotiated agreements with each county over ways to reform human services delivery.
Minnesota Solutions will begin with a pilot issue.
The Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the Metropolitan Airports Commission are interested in standardizing taxi regulations and fares, eliminating duplication of services between local governmental agencies, reducing regulatory hurdles and barriers, and improving service for customers.
Our vision is to establish the Solutions model in Minnesota.
Bench marks include:
An executive order and/or legislation establishing Minnesota Solutions
Establishment of a permanent Steering Committee whose members are appointed by the Governor
Secure governmental, foundation, and fee-for-service funding
Foster the momentum and will to establish the Solutions Model in Minnesota
Leverage influence and resources to develop Minnesota Solutions
Provide guidance and technical assistance for pilot issues
Recommend members of the permanent Steering Committee to the Governor and help to assemble these members
Lobby for an Executive order and/or legislation establishing Minnesota Solutions
Identify priority issues