The Best Basis for Environmental Rules: Science…Or Something Else?

Minnesota has many years of established environmental regulatory practice that has served the state well. Environmental rules and regulations are based on science – our public agencies are the best equipped to review and interpret scientific data and consensus, and apply it to the public interest without bias. But a new bill being considered in the Minnesota Legislature would create new mechanisms to delay or block new environmental rules from being implemented. Do we base such decisions on facts, on proven cause and effect, or…

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What Does New Leadership Mean for Minnesota Transit?

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?

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