When the Legislature takes its annual mid-session break, which they did last week, Flaherty & Hood’s government relations and communications staff often hit the road to meet with the media in Minnesota to talk about our clients’ priorities and what is happening at the Capitol. This year, with the pandemic, we decided not to jump behind the wheel, but we did jump behind a computer screen and camera to make the same thing happen.
On behalf of the Greater Minnesota Partnership (a Flaherty & Hood client), senior lobbyist Scott McMahon spent a good portion of the week meeting with newspaper reporters and editors to talk about child care, the GMNP’s legislative proposals, and the opportunity Minnesota has to make a major impact on this issue as a result of the $520 million child care investment made through the federal American Rescue Plan. His efforts were assisted by F&H media and communications director Julie Liew, communications and government relations associate Kelly Haff, and policy analyst Ania McDonnell.
From East Grand Forks to Rochester and from Duluth to Worthington, McMahon had the opportunity to meet with eight different newspapers, with plans to meet with more in the coming weeks. And since all of this was done virtually, for most meetings McMahon was joined by the president of the Initiative Foundation that serves that territory as well as elected officials and staff from Greater Minnesota cities.
Several newspapers have already written articles based on the information shared at the media visits. Here are links to some of them:
- Our View: Child care shortages are holding Minnesota back
Duluth News Tribune, April 5, 2021
- In face of crisis, advocates tout child care solutions
Mankato Free Press, April 3, 2021
- Big boost sought for child care in Greater Minnesota
Worthington Globe, April 3, 2021
- Advocates push for legislative support as child care shortages persist
Bemidji Pioneer, April 2, 2021