Posts Categorized: State Budget

New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Transit, Walking and Biking Projects

Posted by & filed under State Budget, transit, Transit and Transportation.

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 »

2012’s Environmental Gains and Losses

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Energy, Funding for the Environment, Health, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Polling, renewable energy development, solar, solar power, State Budget, transportation, transportation planning, Water.

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 »

Solar bonding saves the public money

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Energy, Funding for the Environment, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Policy Update, renewable energy development, solar, solar power, State Budget.

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 »

Bonding: For herring, not for hugging

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Parks and Trails, State Budget.

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 »

How about jobs FOR the environment?

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Land Conservation, State Budget.

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 »

Budget Bites: House plan derails transit, Senate proposes lesser cuts

Posted by & filed under Energy, Funding for the Environment, Health, Legislature, State Budget, Transit and Transportation.

[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 »