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Great Lakes platform calls for Presidential action on our greatest water resource

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership A few weeks ago, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) published its 2020 Great Lakes Platform, a list of policy priorities that it asks Presidential candidates and other office-seekers to support. This was followed by HOW’s Director, Laura Rubin, penning an August 28 letter (fourth one on the page) to the New… Read more »

Climate impacts are disparate – solutions must be equitable

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership As if 2020 didn’t feature enough human health threats already, it is becoming even more starkly obvious this year that climate-worsened disasters – wildfires in the West and a devastating hurricane season on the Gulf Coast – will continue to wreak havoc on a massive scale. Like most disasters, these… Read more »

Commission recommends Environmental Trust Fund projects for 2021

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota resources (LCCMR) came to an agreement on recommending projects to be funded in 2021 by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF.) This list of $70 million worth of science, restoration, and conservation projects will be submitted to the Legislature for approval early next… Read more »

Line 3 appeal hangs in the balance, Governor’s decision will be critical

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This Wednesday marks the deadline for the Minnesota Commerce Department to choose whether to renew a critical challenge to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline expansion project. Two years ago, it filed an appeal against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision to approve the pipeline, on the grounds that Enbridge had… Read more »

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 »

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 »