Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

Insider: May 12, 2017

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Governor Vetoes Budget Bills On Thursday, May 11, Governor Dayton announced that he intended to veto every budget bill the Legislature has passed – and some they have yet to pass – due to policy provisions and allocations that he finds unacceptable. The Governor plans to continue negotiating with the House and Senate leaders next week in… Read more »

Insider: May 5, 2017

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Stepping Up for Our Great Outdoors There’s a lot at stake for Minnesota’s land, air, and water this month, as our state’s Legislature enters the final days of its 2017 session. From bills that erode local input on tar sands oil pipelines, to proposals that raid the popular Legacy Amendment clean water funds for improper projects,… Read more »

Insider: April 28, 2017

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Minnesota’s Transit Future at Stake During the 2017 session, the Minnesota Legislature has shown a troubling willingness to cut funding to programs that boost Minnesota’s air, water, and land, despite a healthy budget and a strong demand for these benefits. Sadly, the programs that run our transit systems are no exception. The Legislature has proposed to cut… Read more »

Insider: April 21, 2016

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photo credit: Save the BWCA Minnesotans Rally to Protect Our Water Wednesday, April 19 was Water Action Day at the State Capitol, and more than one thousand people joined together to call on our leaders to protect our state’s precious waters. Organized by MEP in partnership with more than forty other organizations, the event served… Read more »

Insider: April 14, 2017

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Join Us On April 19th! Water Action Day is only a few days away, and it’s not too late to get involved! This is an opportunity to not only to make your voice heard on clean water issues, but to join with a coalition Minnesotans united by a common cause. More than six hundred people have… Read more »

Insider: April 7, 2017

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Telling Lawmakers: Stop Steamrolling Our Environment At a time when the harmful effects of climate change and water pollution are beginning to mount up worldwide, the Minnesota Legislature has sadly fallen short of its duty to protect our state’s natural resources. Some legislators, emboldened by nationwide rollbacks to environmental protections, are pushing to defund, delay, and otherwise destroy the laws and agencies that… Read more »

Insider: March 31, 2017

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Coalition Calls on Legislature to Reject Dangerous Environmental Budget Bills On Wednesday, March 29, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership and more than twenty allied organizations issued a letter to Minnesota Senators voicing strong opposition to SF 723, the omnibus bill from the Environment and Natural Resource Finance Committee. On Thursday, the coalition sent out a similar letter to the… Read more »

Insider: March 23, 2017

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Governor Dayton Vetoes Anti-Solar Bill On Monday night, Governor Dayton followed through on a promise made last month when used his veto pen on a bill that would have weakened the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and punish Minnesota’s solar customers by removing PUC oversight of excessive charges by rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities customers… Read more »

Insider: March 17, 2017

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photo credit: Minnesota environmental Quality Board Legislators Target Environmental Quality Board The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board is an important avenue for citizens and agencies to conduct fair and complete environmental reviews of projects in the state. The EQB’s ability to coordinate with multiple agencies makes it a critical protector of our air, land, and water. Polling… Read more »

Insider: March 3, 2017

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Environmental Rollbacks are Out of Step with What Minnesotans Want At the same time when Minnesota Legislators are debating a torrent of rollbacks a new poll shows that Minnesotans of all backgrounds and regions are concerned about our environmental protections and don’t want to see proposals that would roll back those protections.The Minnesota Environmental Partnership… Read more »