Legislative Updates

FMR is proud to be the voice for the Mississippi River at the Minnesota State Capitol.

For an overview of our goals, see the "Legislative Priorities" panel. As each important river-related bill or program progresses, we'll be sure to post updates below.

Blog updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

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April 22, 2019

It's Earth Day and we wish we had a happier post to share with you, but Minnesota's environment needs you. TODAY. 

Despite a $1 billion surplus, the MN Senate is about to vote on a budget -- tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23 - to slash general fund spending on the environment and natural resources by $57 million.

Please take action today to stop the cuts and remove rollbacks in SF 2314!

By Trevor Russell
April 17, 2019

The Minnesota Senate’s proposed environmental budget bill (SF 2314) makes crippling cuts to general fund spending for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (86% cut), Department of Natural Resources (17%) and Board of Water and Soil Resources (39%). And that’s not all.  >>

By Sophie Downey
April 12, 2019

Despite the sudden spring blizzard, over 450 Minnesotans from across the state joined us at the Capitol for a day of action and advocacy. Together, they attended trainings on a range of issues, wrote letters to newspapers, met individually with almost a quarter of the Minnesota legislature, participated in the first Water Town Hall and rallied for clean water. >>

April 10, 2019

Today is Water Action Day! If you can't join us at the Minnesota State Capitol, participate remotely by emailing your legislators and asking them to #ProtectOurWater!

By Trevor Russell
March 13, 2019

Check out Minnesota Public Radio's recent coverage of our coalition's press event on one of our major legislative priorities this session: The University of Minnesota's Forever Green Initiative to research and develop clean-water crops.  >>

By Trevor Russell
March 12, 2019

On March 5, Gov. Tim Walz signed bipartisan legislation to fix last year’s controversial use of Minnesota’s voter-approved Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. This is a win for taxpayers and our environment, and restoring the fund was a major priority for FMR this session. Here’s what happened. >>

March 8, 2019

Great news! We’re thankful legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz agreed to a funding fix that gets shovels in the ground as soon as possible for worthy projects while preserving the citizen-driven Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund voters created 30 years ago. >>

February 25, 2019

FMR is championing a pair of innovative bills that will protect our water, diversify our croplands, and strengthen rural communities. Please join us in asking legislators to support full funding for Forever Green and the Working Lands Drinking Water Protection Program. >>

By Trevor Russell
February 20, 2019

Legislation introduced this month would fund the Working Lands Drinking Water Program. The program will help farmers plant and sell alternative crops that protect drinking water while maintaining farm profitability. As a pilot initiative, it's limited to the state's most vulnerable wellhead areas — places where conservation crops can protect public health.  >>

By Trevor Russell
February 19, 2019

On Tuesday, Gov. Walz announced his state budget proposal. We took a look at how our priorities for the river and clean water fared. Our take-away so far? We have some work to do. New investments in environment and agriculture were minor and failed to include full funding for the few initiatives that are essential to achieving Minnesota's clean water goals.  >>

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