We’re Still In the Game!
Its past time for a little update. Many of us headed to the Was and Means Committee Hearing on Monday morning only to be informed that the Committee would recess until 7 that evening due to other committee responsibilities. Makes it tough when folks in chairs rely on metro mobility schedules or pca commitments/schedules. But all was not lost. A reporter from the Star Tribune was at the committee hearing in response to a pile of press releases I had sent out a few days prior. We spent about an hour with her and Rep. Hornstein and it resulted in this story: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/300711441.html
Some of us returned for the evening hearing at 7 with the intent to merely be a presence and show our displeasure with not being included in the House Budget. We were not expecting to be offered time for testimony. Well into the discussion of the Higher Education Omnibus Bill, Rep. Hornstein asked the Committee Chair to recognize our presence in the room and asked him to consider testimony. So, I went up to testify for a few minutes received no questions and the committee went on through the Bill without change.
We figured we had accomplished what we had set out to do, but then the Chair, Rep. Knoblach approached us at the end of the hearing. He told us that our issue had come to him ‘in the 11th hour’, but was interested in learning more. He said that there is a good chance that there are still funds available to fund our Bill. So, we have set up a meeting to talk with Rep. Knoblach this weekend or early next week.
As Chair of the Ways and Means committee, Rep. Knoblach holds quite a bit of power in the House and is the conduit for Party Leadership’s agenda. So, please give his office a call at 651-296-6612 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and tell / ask him this:
I have read the Star Tribune article from the other day, and I’m asking that you please fund the SCI/TBI Research Grant Bill. Thank you for offering to support this very important initiative.
Also, please write the Governor’s office with the same message. Unfortunately you cannot email the Governor, you can either call, which would probably be the most effective at 651-201-3400 or 800-657-3717 or use his contact form: http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/
We are almost there, and am sorry to keep bugging you. But we can almost taste the victory.
Thanks for your continuing support!