Author Archives: Julie Liew

Legislators introduce bills to fund Corridors of Commerce

The CGMC supports Corridors of Commerce as a financing program for highway expansion projects. It is MnDOT’s policy to dedicate half of Corridors of Commerce funding to Greater Minnesota and half to the metro area. Last week, the House Transportation Committee took a detailed look at MnDOT’s selection process, including a Legislative Auditor report which […]

Environmental judicial review bill advances in Senate

The CGMC-supported environmental regulatory reform bill, SF 695 (authored by Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson), was heard Monday in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee. The bill addresses concerns that current law that gives too much deference to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) without allowing for valid objections to water quality […]

Record turnout marks another successful Legislative Action Day

CGMC Legislative Action Day was a huge success! More than 120 city officials and business leaders from nearly 50 cities attended the CGMC’s annual lobbying event on Wednesday. There was also great attendance from legislators at the reception and dinner that capped off the day at Mancini’s — a bipartisan mix of more than 65 […]

Notes about Legislative Action Day

More than 100 CGMC members are registered to attend our Legislative Action Day this Wednesday, Feb. 1! We are excited to have such a large turnout and look forward to seeing many of you there. Here are few notes about the day for those planning to attend: Location – Best Western Capitol Ridge For those […]

Bill to boost LGA funding generates strong bipartisan support

A PDF version of this press release is available here. For Immediate Release: Jan. 30, 2017 Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com Bill to boost LGA funding generates strong bipartisan support Rural, urban and suburban legislators sign on to legislation that adds $45.5M to LGA program ST. PAUL—Under new legislation introduced today, cities across Minnesota could see […]

Minnesota Rural Equity Project launches

The CGMC has joined forces with Growth & Justice, the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and the GMNP on the Minnesota Rural Equity Project, a multi-year initiative focused on increasing equity within Greater Minnesota communities and between rural and urban Minnesota. A $200,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation is helping to fund this project. Although […]

Senate revives 2016 bonding bill

Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester), chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, introduced legislation this week that revives the bonding bill that failed at the end of the 2016 session. Sen. Senjem’s bill, SF 210, appears to include all of the projects that were part of the final iteration of the 2016 bill. You can view […]

Rural voters felt left out and left behind — now is the time for action to strengthen Greater Minnesota

A PDF version of this press release is available here. For Immediate Release: Jan. 5, 2017 Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com Rural voters felt left out and left behind — now is the time for action to strengthen Greater Minnesota ST. PAUL—As new and returning lawmakers convene in St. Paul for the first week of the […]

CGMC President: Governor’s bonding proposal makes critical investments that cannot wait another year

Below is statement from CGMC President and Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson regarding Gov. Dayton’s $1.5 billion bonding proposal, which was unveiled this morning. A PDF version of Carlson’s statement is available here. “We absolutely agree with the Governor that there should be a robust bonding bill this session. Our cities cannot wait until 2018 to […]