Advocacy Update – May 2018

Legislative Session: Early pledges of bipartisanship have been replaced by political gamesmanship. Aligning Minnesota laws with recent federal tax changes is exacerbating divisions, and will impact whether many Minnesotans pay the price through higher taxes or program cuts.

Affordable Housing:

Kendrick and Tammy continue to build relationships with churches, youth groups, pastors, and lay leaders – resulting in many letters to legislators of specific districts. Appropriation requests for rental assistance for severely mentally ill people (Bridges) and one-time matching dollars for Local Housing Trust Funds have both died. Homework Starts at Home (to increase stability of families with school age children) still has a chance for increased base funding. However, there is still time to contact legislators about our $140 million Homes for All bonding request! See www.LutheranAdvocacyMN.org for talking points!

Clean Energy: We continue to work with several churches and attendees of our Faith & Clean Energy Campaign events to create clean energy legislative champions! Unfortunately, there are no longer any clear paths to improved Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard this year. We’ve been working with partners to prevent legislative efforts to diminish public voice in energy decisions while instead giving more power and voice to fossil fuel industries and power companies.

Join us May 21 at 11am (last day of session) to deliver our clean energy sign-on letter and generate momentum for 2019!

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 When session finishes, continue watching for ways to act to build toward the 2019 state legislative session & to address federal issues with our members of Congress!