Statement: Fresh Energy calls for special session 

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On Sunday, May 22, the 2022 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature adjourned without final agreement on major spending, tax, and bonding legislation. If this work is not completed in a special session, the result will be Minnesotans losing out on significant new resources that our state is entitled to from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Fresh Energy’s Executive Director, Michael Noble, issued the following statement in response:

“While we don’t expect our elected officials to agree on everything, Minnesotans do expect that their government will at least try to work for them. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has allocated billions of dollars to Minnesota for investments in our state’s infrastructure—from roads and bridges, to transit systems to electric vehicle charging—that would generate thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in economic development, and reduce emissions from the transportation and energy sectors, Minnesota’s largest contributors to climate change. However, ensuring Minnesota gets our fair share of these funds requires legislative action.

Fresh Energy calls on leaders of the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House, and Walz Administration to get back to work and agree to an immediate special session for the purpose of securing all federal infrastructure funds that Minnesotans are entitled to receive, with no strings attached.”