Your legislators need to hear from you about your expectations for a Special Session in these unprecedented times. To help you get started, we summarized Fresh Energy’s four recommendations for you to copy, paste, and edit to best suit you. View the blog post these recommendations come from here.
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Dear [Legislator Title and Last Name],
My name is [First and Last Name] and I live in your district at [Address, City]. Right now, Minnesotans are raising their voices to call for justice and change – I am proud to be one of them. I wanted to reach out to you to express some of the issues important to me as you look toward a Special Session:
- Prioritize Transformational Police Reform and Community Recovery: Observations of systemic racism and inequality in policing and public safety are backed by significant data. There is an immediate need for action by the Legislature and we encourage legislators to act on this critical issue first without any attempt to leverage unrelated legislation.
- Protect Communities Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19: The public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting communities of color in Minnesota. Please protect energy and water customers during the pandemic and through the recovery period.
- Prioritize Bonding Investments in Transit and Affordable Housing: The bonding bill is unfinished business and an opportunity for recovery. Please allocate $149 million for transit and transportation jobs, $200 million for housing infrastructure bonds, and $60 million for public housing rehabilitation.
- Allocate the Renewable Development Account to Energy Projects in Under-Resourced Communities: The full remaining balance in the Renewable Development Account (RDA) is $55 million. This money must be allocated to grants that support energy efficiency, renewable energy, and grid modernization projects and programs prioritizing small businesses and residential property damaged in Minneapolis and Saint Paul in May and June of this year.
This is a challenging time to be a Minnesotan and I urge you to make the most of this Special Session to set us on the right track for recovery and rebuilding in the years to come.