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Minnesota shows up for Lake Superior on Great Lakes Day

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MEP staff and allies meet with Libby Foley of Rep. McCollum’s office on Great Lakes Day Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership March 1-5 marked Great Lakes Days 2021, an annual occasion of advocacy and collaboration with the Healing Our Waters (HOW) Great Lakes Coalition, for North America’s largest freshwater resource. Great Lakes Day brings together… Read more »

Sunnier budget forecast provides opportunity to invest in protecting our future

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Friday, Minnesota budget officials released an updated forecast for the state’s finances in the 2022-23 period, predicting a $1.6 billion surplus. Previously, it was predicted that the COVID-caused recession would leave Minnesota in the red, but better-than-expected revenue, federal aid, and reduced state spending reversed the situation. It appears… Read more »

Soil health bill advances in the Legislature

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Soil health advocates won an exciting victory on Thursday as H.F. 701, the “Incentivizing 100% Soil Healthy Farming” bill was approved by the Minnesota House Agriculture committee. The bill was crafted by members and supporters of MEP partner Land Stewardship Project (LSP), and has our coalition’s support. This legislation has… Read more »

Minnesota budget could lead on new transit investments, rather than leaving them out entirely

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership When Governor Walz unveiled his two-year state budget proposal last month, it contained many good components, including new revenue to help address the budget shortfall. But let’s just say it was underwhelming on the climate front. While it’s understandably a difficult time for state budgets, the global climate crisis is… Read more »

Legislation could put an end to misclassification of Hennepin County incinerator as “renewable energy”

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Two weeks ago, we reported on the welcome push by Minnesota legislators to pass a bill to ensure our state reaches 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. This is a worthy effort, but there is a critical environmental justice issue at play within the discussion: whether or not to continue counting the incineration… Read more »

MEP unveils our community’s 2021 priorities

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, MEP is proud to announce our 2021 Collaborative Priorities. These priorities will shape our work at the Legislature, as well as our messaging and coalition-building throughout the year. Our collaborative priorities have been developed by MEP’s member groups, representing thousands of Minnesotans across the state. The issues we work… Read more »

Minnesota lawmakers renew push for clean energy

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, Governor Walz and DFL legislators unveiled a proposal to make sure Minnesota reaches 100% carbon-free electricity by the year 2040. If passed, it would represent an important effort to move Minnesota toward carbon neutrality in our fight against the climate crisis. While the legislation faces a challenging path… Read more »

Newly introduced bills would protect Minnesota from sulfide mining

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, lawmakers introduced bills in the Minnesota Legislature and in Congress that represent perhaps the most aggressive effort yet to create new protections for our state from copper-nickel sulfide mining. These bills are being championed by MEP member groups, and would help prevent sulfide mining pollution from destroying some… Read more »

What’s ahead in Legislation in 2021: Four Questions

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, all 201 Minnesota Legislators were sworn into their seats, commencing the start of the 91st Minnesota Legislature’s first session. As they were for the past two years, the House and Senate are controlled by the DFL and Republican Party respectively, presenting a challenge to legislation. But 2021 will… Read more »