The media & communications and lobbying teams for Flaherty & Hood, P.A. helped coordinate media efforts this week to bring attention to the need for more state funding to address the water infrastructure funding crisis that impacts hundreds of cities across Minnesota.
F&H Media and Communications Director Julie Liew organized a press conference with members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, a F&H client, which was held April 11 at the Minnesota State Capitol.
At the press conference, which you can watch here on the CGMC Facebook page, F&H Stakeholder Attorney Bradley Peterson provided opening remarks and background information about the water infrastructure issues affecting Greater Minnesota communities. Lakefield City Clerk Kelly Rasche, Glencoe City Administrator Mark Larson and Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams then shared compelling stories of the massive infrastructure costs their cities are facing and how these costs will fall on residents and businesses unless the state steps up to provide more funding. They urged the Legislature to support CGMC initiatives to include $167 million in funding for clean water grant and loan programs in the 2018 bonding bill, and also to include at least $20 million in additional funding for a new supplemental grant program.
You can read more about the press conference and the need for more clean water infrastructure funding in this CGMC news release.