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Legislator’s tour highlights efforts to mitigate damage to state’s land, water

Legislator’s tour highlights efforts to mitigate damage to state’s land, water

Minnesota has been a pioneer in farming techniques and agricultural stewardship. As large-scale industrial farming has replaced family farms, we’ve seen many changes on the rural landscape over the years. Those changes include both economic and environmental impacts that some argue have made farming while preserving soil and water quality more challenging.Continue reading

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Governor Dayton’s response to Rep Pat Garofalo on the Clean Power Plan

Governor Dayton’s response to Rep Pat Garofalo on the Clean Power Plan

On September 21, Governor Dayton responded to a letter from Representative Pat Garofalo about the Clean Power Plan. In the letter he reiterates his administration is “committed to protecting and improving the environment, including taking substantive measures to address climate change.” He says he is “determined that we do so in a cost-effective manner that increases jobs and provides for economic opportunities across Minnesota.”Continue reading

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With regret, MPCA Citizens’ Board shuts down

With regret, MPCA Citizens’ Board shuts down

The Citizens’ Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency met for the last time Tuesday.

The Legislature had eliminated the board during this year’s special session. That action takes effect next week. Some business groups had pushed earlier this year to limit the board’s power, but its elimination came as a surprise.Continue reading

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Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

A revolt among Minnesota Senate Democrats failed to stop the passage on an environmental bill early Saturday morning. Debate on the legislation which DFL Sen. Scott Dibble had called a “historic step backwards” for the environment forced what was supposed to be a one day special session into the early hours of Saturday morning.
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After feedlot feud, MN citizens’ board may bite the dust

After feedlot feud, MN citizens’ board may bite the dust

The Legislature’s upcoming special session will likely see the end of an era in Minnesota, with lawmakers poised to abolish a citizens’ board that for decades has wielded broad power over some of the state’s most important environmental decisions.Continue reading

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Dayton & Daudt tout ‘tentative budget deal,’ Bakk says some Senate DFL votes in doubt

Dayton & Daudt tout ‘tentative budget deal,’ Bakk says some Senate DFL votes in doubt

A tentative deal on a special legislative session might be in jeopardy because of dissension within the DFL Senate caucus, where Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Wednesday admitted he might not be able to line up the votes needed to pass bills.Continue reading

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Special interests win, environment loses with ag bill

Special interests win, environment loses with ag bill

Legislators this year are brazenly putting the needs of special interests over Minnesota’s treasured natural resources with an agriculture and environment budget bill that undercuts critical pollution safeguards.Continue reading

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Letter from DFL Senators to Dayton on Environmental Veto

Letter from DFL Senators to Dayton on Environmental Veto

We write as DFL Senators who voted against H.F. 846 on the final day of the session. As you know, 3/4ths of our caucus opposed this bill because of the harm that it will do to our environment. Continue reading

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How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in

How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in

In a way, the Citizens’ Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency voted itself out of existence months ago. Last August, six members of the board had the audacity to order that a corporate farm operation go through an environmental impact study before building a facility for upwards of 9,000 dairy cattle.Continue reading

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Standing Up for Clean Water

Standing Up for Clean Water

I want to tell you why I support Governor Dayton’s decision to veto the Agriculture and Environment bill.Continue reading

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