This year’s CGMC Legislative Action Day was a huge success, with nearly 100 city officials attending from 40 cities. We also had a record number of legislators attend the legislative reception and dinner that capped off the day, with a bipartisan mix of more than 50 legislators representing both rural and urban districts.

The day began with a membership meeting in which attendees were apprised of the CGMC’s top legislative priorities and given tips on how to lobby at the Capitol. The meeting was followed by a lunch with speakers Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) and House Tax Committee Chair Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston), who shared their insights into the legislative session and fielded questions from the crowd.

Attendees then spent the afternoon meeting with legislators at the Capitol and urging them to support CGMC proposals on Local Government Aid, broadband, workforce housing, transportation, environmental regulations, job training and the Business Development Public Infrastructure grant program. A copy of the lobbying materials that were given to the legislators can be found here.

A big thank you to all the member cities and legislators who attended this year’s event!