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Legislative Update- Clean Energy Proposal Gets a Public Hearing

Friday, February 08, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

The snow isn’t slowing us down at the Capitol! An exciting new proposal to combat climate change was the highlight of the week here in St. Paul. Please check out the details below.

Minnesota’s Renewable Energy

As Minnesotans, we are lucky to live in such a beautiful state, with so many parks and bodies of water to enjoy. We are proud to live somewhere that experiences all four seasons, even if that means spending a little extra time shoveling in winter months. But, our weather is becoming more extreme, and we are starting to experience irreversible damage to our state’s climate. We must make changes now if we want to preserve the Minnesota we have known and loved for generations. This is why HF 700 is essential.  The bill had a public hearing on Tuesday, and it is starting to move through committees. Legislators, advocates and supporters gathered for a press conference in advance of the hearing. I am proud to have signed on as a co-author.

If passed, it would increase the proportion of energy that must come from renewable, clean sources and set target dates for when these goals need to be achieved by power companies. Minnesota is endowed with many renewable resources, and investing in them would create jobs and slow down climate change. Check out my exclusive interview with the Chief Author of the bill, Rep. Jamie Long here.

You may be interested to read more about how these policy changes would help protect our forests. The Star Tribune covered it here.

Filing for Taxes

I’ve received some questions about the tax filing process for last year’s returns. There is some confusion because of the federal tax changes that passed in late 2017. While the Legislature didn’t address the issue of tax conformity last year, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its forms to reflect current Minnesota law, so you should feel comfortable filing your taxes at any point. Of course in the near future, there will be a discussion at the Legislature about state conformity aligning to the federal changes. As this takes place, I’ll be working to ensure all Minnesotans are treated fairly under any changes.

THIS SATURDAY- Community Coffee Hour

I hope you’re able to attend our first Community Coffee Hour this Saturday, February 9. I will be listening to concerns, answering questions, and sharing updates from the Capitol. All are welcome. Please bring your neighbors, friends and most importantly, your input and questions! Here are the details:

  • Saturday, February 9, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Dunn Brothers Coffee in Apple Valley, 15265 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Please continue to stay in touch with your viewpoints, feedback or any questions. I love hearing from you and welcome your input anytime. You can reach me at 651-296-5506 or by email at rep.robert.bierman@house.mn.

Sincerely,

Robert Bierman

State Representative

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