MN350: Legislature should do over, do better on justice and clean energy

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2017

Kevin Whelan, 612-414-9731
Patty O’Keefe, 952-221-3977

MN350: Legislature should do over, do better on justice and clean energy

Since the regular legislative session came to an end on Monday, Minnesotans have flooded the Capitol to reject a set of late night special interest attacks on workers’ rights, the security of our immigrant neighbors and our common future. MN350, a climate justice organization that organizes to make our state a fairer and healthier place while addressing the climate crisis, issued the following statement in support of the growing call to #VetoEverything.

Kevin Whelan, MN350 Executive Director said:
“Once again the Minnesotans on the front line of racial injustice are leading the call for our state to live up to its aspirations to be a heathy place for all. Immigrants seeking fair treatment and low wage workers uniting for family sustaining wages have demanded a new state budget that treats our all our people with respect.

The State Legislative leadership has failed to deliver a budget on time or act in good faith. Along with attacking immigrants and workers they also passed a Jobs and Energy Bill that would undermine clean energy in rural Minnesota.

Besides these foolish steps backwards the legislative majority ignored moderate, bi-partisan proposals for modest steps forward toward a more prosperous and inclusive clean energy economy. Nor did they adequately fund urgent mass transit needs. These would be the least we could do to protect our communities from catastrophic climate change while creating good jobs right now.

Governor Dayton deserves credit for standing up to attacks on clean energy and communities this legislative session. The broken state budget process needs a reset. If the Governor heeds the call to #VetoEverything, Speaker Daudt and Majority Leader Gazelka and our legislators should deliver clean budget bills without attacks on workers, immigrants or rural energy customers.

A just clean energy future shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s a survival issue—for all of us.”