Spokesman Recorder: Lindsey Defends Higher Hiring Goals

Over the last several years, HIRE Minnesota has been working to ensure that everyone in the Twin Cities is working together to reduce our racial disparities in employment. To that end, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights recently raised the hiring goal for people of color on publicly funded projects from 11 percent to 32 percent in both Ramsey and Hennepin Counties, and to 22 percent throughout the rest of the region. Faced with criticism from state contractors, MDHR Commissioner Kevin Lindsey MDHR stood by this decision, saying that our state’s changing demographics call for new hiring goals.

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