In less than two weeks, the Minnesota Legislature will reconvene, and although the second half of the biennium is shorter, it will likely be another busy session. Because it is not a budget year, the Legislature will be focused primarily on the bonding bill and policy issues. For GMPT, we have several priorities for 2024. We would like to see more funding for the DNR’s local park and trails grant programs and will be pushing for the inclusion of such funds in the bonding bill.
Now that the election is over, it’s time for GMPT members to start communicating with their legislators with the goal of building a relationship that will help them understand the value of parks and trails in their district.
In that regard, GMPT is issuing a challenge: We want every member to contact his or her legislators during the month of December, even if it is just to welcome them to the Legislature and introduce yourself. It can be a simple note or email congratulating them on the election, or even better, schedule a short meeting so you can meet face-to-face.
GMPT has prepared a helpful handout to support your efforts to meet the challenge: “Engaging Your Local Officials & Legislators: The Key to Legislative Success.” You can find contact information for new and returning House and Senate members here (please note that the contact information may be updated before the session starts in January).
We would also like to hear about your contact with your elected officials. Tell us how your call or visit went by emailing us at email@example.com. Feel free to contact us with any questions, as well.
Take the challenge – your efforts today will help pave the way for a greater understanding of the important role parks and trails play for all Minnesotans.