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.
There are only three weeks left until the legislative session is over, and thus far little has changed in regards to parks and trails legislation since we sent out our last newsletter in March.
The GMPT continues to advocate for bonding money for the Local Trail Connections and Outdoor Recreation Grant Programs. House Capital Investment Committee Chair Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City) has stated that he plans to unveil the House’s version of the bonding bill by May 1. The Senate may take another week release its bill.
Although session is starting to wind down, it is not too late to contact Rep. Urdahl and Senate Capital Investment Committee Chair David Senjem (R-Rochester), as well as your own legislators, and ask them to put bonding money into these important grant programs. For contact information and talking points, please refer to this GMPT Action Alert.
The Legislature must finish its work by midnight on Sunday, May 20 so that it can adjourn by the constitutional deadline of May 21. We will continue to keep you updated on activities at the Legislature.