On Friday, Republican leadership in the Minnesota Legislature announced an agreement on budget targets between the GOP-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate. Unfortunately, the budget proposed by the GOP would set Minnesota dangerously backwards on protecting our air, water and natural legacy.
On Wednesday April 19th, Minnesotans gathered for Water Action Lobby Day at the state capitol. Citizens from all over the state congregated in the basement of the Christ Lutheran Church as early as 8 a.m. to learn when they would be meeting with their elected officials and gather more information about the day’s events. Over 800 people had registered for the event.
by Anna LaCombe On Monday April 3, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted down an amendment 75-56 that would have removed repressive and controversial anti-protester language from the Public Safety […]
More than 150 people gathered in front of the Minnesota House of Representative’s chambers Thursday for an emergency rally opposing a deeply flawed jobs and energy bill. In addition to a number of other terrible things*, this bill weakens public review of proposed crude oil pipelines in Minnesota in general, and it specifically fast tracks the Enbridge Line 3 tars sands oil pipeline proposal.
There’s an old saying in politics: “follow the money”. Here at the North Star Chapter, we try to do exactly that. So, between now and the end of the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, we’ll be profiling a different interest group that is behind one or more bad attacks on our air and water every week here at the North Star Chapter Blog.
First Up: The American Progressive Bag Alliance
Minnesota State Senator Scott Newman (R- Hutchinson) has recently taken up his position as the chair of the Transportation Committee. Newman has stated that his focus will be to expand funding in Greater Minnesota for construction roads and bridges, while limiting the budget of public transit in the Twin Cities area, as well as the rest of the state. As have many state Republicans over the years, Newman asserts that rural areas of Minnesota have not received their fair share of transportation funding. But what does the data show?
By Justin Fay As we approach the end of the first month of the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, a number of bills are moving quickly. While high-profile issues […]
by Justin Fay As the 2016 session convened in March, environmental advocates approached with very modest expectations. Last year, the Legislature took a number of steps backward on the environment, […]
By John Hottinger Minnesota’s prospects for advancing environmental protections during the 2015 state legislative session were unfortunately predetermined last Election Day, in November of 2014. The old cliché that “elections […]
By Danette Knickmeier On June 6, I spent the day with 5,000 of my brothers and sisters. They were young. They were old. Some came from as far away as […]