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David Bly, We All Do Better
Member of Minnesota House of Representatives District 20B
Updated: 1 hour 8 min ago
Region Nine’s Renewable Energy Task Force will be hosting a workshop on December 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Minnesota Valley Room at the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato, MN.
The first half of the meeting will focus on the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, which is a financial tool to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in public facilities. Lindsay Wimmer, the GESP Outreach Coordinator from Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will head the discussion.
The second half of the meeting will focus on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which is a innovative way to finance energy efficiency and rewnewable energy upgrades to buildings. Bruce Barnum the Field Representative for the Southern Minnesota Office of the United States Senator Al Franken and Pete Klein the Vice President of Finance for the St. Paul Port Authority will lead the discussion.
If you are interested in attending and have not RSVP’ed please contact Danielle Walchuk at email@example.com.
Yesterday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a projected budget surplus of $1.08 billion for the current biennium (fiscal years 2014-15).
The first $246 million of the surplus will be used to pay back the remaining school shift in full thanks to an accelerated repayment plan in the new state budget, leaving a balance of $825 million.
This is great news for our students, schools, and Minnesota’s economy. It shows we are committed to balancing the budget in a pay as you go fashion to put our state on sound fiscal footing. Paying back the school shift was a top priority of mine and I’m pleased we got the job done.
The Budget and Economic Forecast contained good news about the Minnesota economy projecting stronger employment and income growth.
Next week in St. Paul there will a hearing on pollinators on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1:00 PM in Room 5 of the State Office Building. Much has been written about neonicotinoid insecticides and the possible risk to pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies.
The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed H.F. 976 which included directives that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture develop pollinator habitat Best Management Practices (and submit to the legislature a Pollinator Report. More information is available at the MDA’s website.