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Mpls. Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar dies at age 45




On Sunday, August 25, influential Somali business leader and groundbreaking Minneapolis Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar died of complications from leukemia. He was 45. In 2010, Samatar became the first Somali-American ever elected to public office in Minnesota when he won a seat on the Minneapolis Board of Education. Samatar served on the audit, finance and teaching and learning committees. A native of Somalia, Samatar provided a strong voice for all MPS students, especially immigrant students and children of immigrant parents. Continue Reading →

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MN’s sales tax highest of five-state Upper Midwest

Revenue commissioner talks tax reform with Twin Cities’ business owners of color

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


On December 21, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans held the second of two minority business tax forums at African Development Center in Minneapolis. It was part of an effort by the Minnesota Department of Revenue to “get as much feedback as possible about tax reform and how the tax code impacts small businesses to ensure [Frans] is giving the best advice to Governor Dayton as he puts together his tax package for the 2012 legislative session,” according to a department of revenue community invite. Present at the meeting was also Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Commissioner Frans said that Minnesota’s current tax system is out of date and too complex. He also admitted that a simpler tax system is needed. Continue Reading →

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