Today, on the last day of the regular 2021 Minnesota legislative session, top lawmakers have finally come to a general budget deal. Since the House and Senate had wildly different proposals this year, as we detailed in a recent blog, it has taken more negotiating than ever to finalize a deal. This means a special legislative session in June is required to pass our state's final budget and policy bills.
The good news is that we still have time to shape what's in the final versions of these bills!
Can you take just two minutes to urge your legislators to prioritize investments in soil-healthy farming today?
Already this month, hundreds of Land Stewardship Project members, supporters, and organizers lead a strong push for state leaders to include our soil health priorities in their final budget and policy bills:
- Over 300 LSP members and supporters, two-thirds of which are farmers, called key legislators on the deciding conference committees.
- A letter to the editor was published in the Alexandria Echo Press by LSP member and livestock farmer Bryan Simon.
- A letter to the editor was published in the Brainerd Dispatch by LSP member Jennifer Jacquot-Devries.
- A cohort of scientists sent letters of support to the Senate Chair of the Legacy Finance Conference Committee.
- This week, LSP members and organizers will be in Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Brainerd, and Aitkin to leave calls to action on thousands of folks' doors. See the sample of these calls to action on the right.
With less than a month left to influence the final budget bill for the Board of Water and Soil Resources as well as how Clean Water Fund dollars are spent, can you urge your legislators to invest in rural resiliency?