Yesterday, Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president, Government Affairs and Community Relations for Thomson Reuters, Legal, was a guest on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show speaking about Minnesota’s high levels of civic engagement.

Filmed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, yesterday’s program was part of a larger campaign, “Steel on Wheels,” which aims to identify and discuss solutions to the most pressing problems facing the American people and centralizes on four major themes: The Spirit of America, Innovation, The Building of Our Nation, and The Future Of America’s New Generations.

When asked what Minnesota’s secret to civic and community engagement is, Sayles Belton said it starts with quality of life. “The people that helped build this state really believed in the importance that everybody has the opportunity to live the American dream and to have their basic needs met,” said Sayles Belton.

She continued, “It’s a belief that still exists today, it’s not just rhetoric. People are willing to spend their time and their money towards making sure everybody has their basic needs met.”

Watch the video here:

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The Dylan Ratigan Show airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

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