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Widespread lead poisoning crisis persists, despite established science on solutions

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership One of the most harmful health problems in the United States today, as it has been for decades, is lead poisoning. It’s one of the largest environmental sources of developmental problems in children, and has inflicted massive human and financial costs on communities across the country. Millions of American homes… Read more »

Blue Line extension blockage highlights transportation inequities in Minnesota

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, municipal elected officials from several northwestern Twin Cities suburbs – Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, and Robbinsdale – called on state and Metropolitan Council leaders to push harder for the construction of the Bottineau Blue Line project, which would extend Metro Transit’s light rail corridor to… Read more »

Third time’s the charm? Legislature to reconvene Monday

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Governor Tim Walz has called the Legislature to return this Monday for another summer special session, after the previous special session from June 12-19 failed to bear fruit on critical issues. The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted normal operations of the Legislature significantly, but strong bipartisan cooperation earlier this year has… Read more »

Ellison sues oil giants for climate deception

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Minnesota fight against Big Oil continues on Line 3 front From left to right: Assistant Attorney Generals Peter Surdo and Leigh Currie, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Honor the Earth Executive Director Winona LaDuke, MN Youth Climate Strike organizer Juwaria Jama, MN350 Executive Director Sam Grant Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, Attorney General Keith… Read more »

With Senate stonewalling, special session ends with no agreement

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Early this morning, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned its weeklong special session after reaching no agreements on racial justice, police accountability, funding for environmental projects, COVID-19 responses, or any other outstanding major issue from the end of the regular session in May. Though Governor Walz and leadership in the DFL-controlled House… Read more »

How the Legislature should make the most of the next week

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Yesterday, on June 12, the Minnesota Legislature reconvened for a Special Session, as they were legally required to do owing to laws concerning Governor Walz’s emergency declaration. The Republican-controlled Senate has indicated that they only plan to stay in session until next Friday, leaving less than a week remaining to… Read more »

Racial justice, bonding on the table in special session

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Legislature is almost certain to reconvene for a special session starting by this Friday, June 12.  Several major items of concern are likely to be considered that are of great importance to Minnesota’s environmental community. The Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus has put forward a series… Read more »

Minnesota Senate stonewalling may leave Environmental Trust Fund money on the table

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, we received troubling news about Minnesota’s work to restore and protect our natural spaces. State Representative Rick Hansen, chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division, posted a letter from his Senate counterpart, Bill Ingebrigtsen, in which Senator Ingebrigtsen said that the Senate does not… Read more »