The weeks before an election are a great time to educate candidates for office, both incumbents and challengers, about CGMC issues and to secure support for our priorities ahead of the legislative session.

This election cycle we are working with a handful of cities to host candidate forums on CGMC issues. For cities that are not hosting candidate forums, we urge you to meet with your legislative candidates to discuss CGMC priorities and ask for their support if they are elected.

In August, each candidate in rural Minnesota received this informational packet which outlines CGMC priorities and gives background on the issues. When scheduling meetings, it generally works best if you have separate meetings with candidates from each party. Please walk them through this packet during the meeting and discuss the issues that are especially important to your city. At the end of the meeting ask each candidate if they will support CGMC priorities, specifically:

  • Will they support an LGA increase of $45.5 million during the 2017 Session to get back to the 2002 level? Will they oppose divisive measures that harm LGA (such as targeting Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul for arbitrary reductions)?
  • Will they support at least $12 million (the amount called for in the end-of-session bonding bill) for the Greater MN Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Grant Program during the 2017 Session?
  • Will they support new revenue (i.e. an additional gas tax or new fees) for transportation? Are they open to allowing metro funding for metro transit construction and operation to go forward so as to no longer be an obstacle to funding Greater Minnesota roads and bridges?
  • Will they support at least $133.5 million (the amount called for in the end-of-session bonding bill) in clean water infrastructure grant and loan programs?

There is no time like the present to forge or renew relationships with legislative candidates and start the work of getting them to commit to CGMC priorities. As you set up meetings and have any questions, or if you are interested in having a CGMC staff member attend (if available) your meetings with candidates, please contact Bradley Peterson at bmpeterson@flaherty-hood.com.