Transit for a Stronger Economy, a new broad-based, statewide coalition, today released polling results showing strong public support for transit, bicycling, and walking projects. The poll, conducted in January by the bipartisan team of Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R), found that public transportation is broadly supported, even by… Read more »
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By Steve Morse, executive director of MEP Now that the 2012 Legislative session has ended and the commotion about the stadium has somewhat subsided, let’s look back at what our elected leaders did on some issues that garnered less press, but faced significant threats: Minnesota’s water and Great Outdoors. Sadly, for those keeping score, the… Read more »
Energy issues have not received as much attention as the Vikings Stadium or the constitutional amendments this session, but there have been attempts at rollbacks to our Renewable Energy Standard. There is still an opportunity to move forward on clean energy with the inclusion of solar in the bonding bill. The House version of the… Read more »
This session of the Minnesota Legislature is supposed to be about bonding. By bonding, I don’t mean the “Hug a Ranger” campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Iron Range. Bonding in this session means the Bonding Bill, a collection of perhaps up to one billion dollars in capital projects that have been… Read more »
Defending Community and Township Rights Rep. Beard (R-Shakopee) and Sen. Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake) introduced H.F. 389 and S.F. 270, bills that weaken township and community rights and make it more difficult for citizens to work through their local units of government to make sure large-scale developments don’t harm the well being of their communities. Merely… Read more »
I’m just a little sick of this whole “jobs versus the environment” thing. First thing, the goal of good public policy should be to have both good jobs and a clean environment, not one or the other. Second thing, what about all those jobs that are actually FOR the environment? Recommend on Facebook Share on… Read more »
Welcome to the 2012 legislative session! You care about Minnesota’s Great Outdoors and you believe in making and safeguarding investments for future generations.
The Minnesota House has proposed eliminating general fund support for Clean Water Partnership grants, which provide necessary resources to protect and clean up Minnesota’s water.
[Editor’s note: In an effort to help inform our members about state and federal budget issues, Minnesota Environmental Partnership is working with the Minnesota Budget Project to cross-post updates about the budget.] Transit is a basic public service, getting people to and from work and school, and reducing congestion and pollution. Public transit helps the… Read more »
April 6, 2011 Yesterday, Steve Morse joined radio host Nancy Nelson on AM950 to discuss what’s been happening at the Legislature related to the environment. They covered lots of topics, including wild rice, the Legacy Amendment, cuts to parks, and other programs seriously affected by the House and Senate’s recent passage of their Omnibus Environmental… Read more »