Star Tribune – Employee ownership gaining popular and political support

From the Star Tribune

A growing number of employees in Minnesota also are owners through Employee Stock Ownership plans, including long-term “ESOPs” such as Windings of New Ulm, Padilla CRT of Minneapolis and Christensen Insurance Group of Minnetonka. A poll conducted several weeks ago by Public Policy Polling showed that two thirds of Americans “support the concept of companies being owned by their employees so that all workers share in their success.” Only 13 percent oppose the idea; 19 percent are unsure. The poll also found that 58 percent of Americans would support legislation that makes it easier for employees to own a part of the business, and 50 percent think the government should do more to encourage the growth of employee-owned companies.

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