Here are some things that the League of Minnesota Cities will focus on this year. The overlap pretty well with Rochester’s needs, particularly Broadband, Workforce Housing, City Street Funding, and LGA.
The League Board of Directors adopted a diverse list of legislative priorities on Nov. 6. The priorities will help focus the League’s advocacy efforts during the 2015 legislative session, which begins on Jan. 6.
The legislative priorities are based on the Board’s assessment of member interest, gleaned from discussions that occurred during the League’s policy committee process as well as discussions with members during the fall Regional Meetings and other membership interaction.
The priority list does not reflect the entire scope of the League’s anticipated activities at the Legislature during the 2015 legislative session. Additionally, the list may be modified by Board action.
Priorities for 2015 are (listed alphabetically):
- Administrative procedures changes (under Environmental Protection policy)
- City street funding
- Clean Water Fund allocations for city water infrastructure
- Early voting
- Funding local government aid (LGA)
- Groundwater quality and quantity
- Improving and increasing citizen access to information
- Omnibus transportation funding
- Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) contribution increases
- Railroad issues
- Reporting requirements
- Sales tax exemption on construction materials
- Water permits and permit fees
- Workers’ compensation
- Workforce housing
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