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State considering disbanding Council on Black Minnesotans

The state's Sunset Commission is looking at whether to phase out the Council on Black Minnesotans. The 31-year-old agency advises the governor and legislature on issues affecting African-Americans. Black Minnesotans have a per capita income that less than half that of whites and their life expectancy is six years shorter.
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The state's Sunset Commission is looking at whether to phase out the Council on Black Minnesotans. The 31-year-old agency advises the governor and legislature on issues affecting African-Americans. Black Minnesotans have a per capita income that less than half that of whites and their life expectancy is six years shorter.

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