LEGISLATIVE ACTION - WEEK BEGINNING May 15th:
You have 6 main representatives - 2 US senators, 1 US congressperson, 1 State senator, 1 State Congressperson and Governor Dayton. To find out their names and contact details, click on this link and put in your address - http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ The link to Governor Dayton’s office is - https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
Below are the bills and issues, state and national level, that your representatives need to hear about from you this week. Choose the ones you care about and e-mail, call, write, or tweet your representatives with your thoughts. If possible, add a personal story about how this bill or issue will affect you or someone close to you.
We are into the final few days of the 2017 MN legislative session. So far 10 Omnibus budget bills and a handful of single bills have been vetoed by the Governor. and some have been passed. How did we get here? Quick update:
Last Tuesday, after late-night meetings finalizing bills, followed by early morning, barely announced hearings - so much for transparency and accountability! - the Mn Republicans stopped negotiating with the Governor and decided to keep their omnibus budget bills basically unchanged. They passed 5 of these bills through both chambers that day. On Friday, the Governor vetoed these bills, as he said he would. For an article on this - http://www.twincities.com/2017/05/12/mark-dayton-vetoes-reckless-and-foolish-gop-budgets/
Still using the same approach, this Monday the Mn Republicans passed the rest of the omnibus budget bills and sent them to the Governor, who vetoed them all. The sticking points are: the GOP are insisting on a great number of putting policy provisions into the bills; the extent of the cuts to essential services contained in the bills. Now, hopefully the political grandstanding is done with, and the real work can begin to agree on a budget before the end of session on 22nd May. For a good article on the situation, click here. http://www.startribune.com/dayton-calls-on-republican-lawmakers-to-take-policy-out-of-budget-debate/422337453/
So where does this leave us? We say focus on the Governor. Tell him to veto omnibus bills contain controversial policy provisions and that underfund state services, even if it means a special session or a government shutdown. In terms of single bills, tell him to veto bills that go against progressive values. You can also get in touch with your MN Senators and Representatives. These bills are going back to the House and Senate. There is still time to let them know where you stand on these issues. For an excellent summary, as well as a strategy that we like, from our friend Steve Kranz of Indivisible Minnesota Local a few weeks ago, click here.
See below for our most recent state-level Legislative Calls to Action. Pick the ones that you feel strongly about and get into action.
For more information from the Legislature on a specific bill visit this website and enter the bill number.
WMM's statement on the Yanez trial verdict, with article links for additional perspectives to help navigate those messy conversations.
Review our compiled list of ways to stand in solidarity with this movement and support change.
MN Dept of Commerce will be holding 20 Public Meetings across northern MN (and St Paul) on the MN Enbridge Tar Sands Oil pipeline through Mississippi Headwaters – please attend, and testify if you can!!
Call Governor Dayton to offer your thanks for vetoing the pre-emption bill and preventing many of the budgetary cuts and policy changes conservatives were trying to push through under cover.
It is really simple to call – 651-201-3400 or toll-free 800-657-3717. At the end of the line there is a person who tallies every single bill or issue each caller raises and whether the caller opposed the issue or not – so mention as many issues as you can. You don’t need to go into any further details. Every call matters.
With just 3 days left until the end of the MN legislative session, and Republicans proposing massive tax cuts to undercut our state programs, please take a minute to call Governor Dayton to show your support for vetoes on bills that do not support clean budget bills to fully fund state services for K-12 and higher education, health & human services, state government, public safety and the environment.
Then, keep it up with quick calls to the MN Majority Leaders of the MN House & Senate to demand the same. Remember the power we have - our voices will help to keep those programs most important to us properly funded!
Please let him know your thoughts, thank him for the things he has already said he would veto, and encourage him to protect the people of Minnesota from an extreme agenda that will push us back into structural deficits.”
Please call or email Governor Mark Dayton and tell him why you are opposed to this provision, that prevents undocumented immigrants from getting driver’s licenses, and ask him to use his power of veto to stop this provision becoming law as part of the Public Safety Bill (HF470).
The ongoing occupation of the Governor’s office, in response to an anti-immigrant provision in the Pubic Safety bill (HF470) is asking for people to join them.
“Reclaim MN: Day of Action for Working Families” is organized by Mainstreet Alliance and many other progressive groups, from now until 7 am Friday morning. In light of the “power-grabbing” bills being pushed right now, this rally calls for people to join them to remind the Legislature who they work for and whose house the Capitol is.
As the MN Legislative Special Session continues, please add your voice by tweeting or calling to let leadership know your positions on the budget bills under consideration. We need bills passed that will adequately fund our services.
Please call your Senators to demand the AHCA bill currently under consideration by the GOP is made public and public hearings are scheduled to address the negative impact before a vote is forced.
With President Trump's decision on 6/1 to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, please contact the White House and your U. S. Representatives to share your views on the serious impact of this decision.
The vote to “repeal and replace” the ACA yesterday will take health insurance away from millions of Americans, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions - including things like pregnancy, cancer, mental illness, eliminate services for special needs kids in school, and effectively let insurers charge women more than men.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to withhold Justice Department grant funding from jurisdictions that refuse to disclose people's immigration status to the federal government.
In order to pay for increased spending on Defense (54 billion), the Wall (2.6 billion) and De Vos’s School Voucher Program (1.4 billion), Trump’s draft budget cuts the EPA , the State Dept, Ag Dept., education, arts, housing & urban dev, health & human services.