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lmcLeague of MN Cities – 2019 Legislative Policies

The LMC 2019 City Policies publication was created with member input and approved by the LMC Board on Nov. 15, 2018.  https://www.lmc.org/page/1/legislative-policies.jsp

  • Priorities for 2019 are (listed alphabetically):
  • City Street Funding
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure Fees
  • Local Control
  • Local Government Aid (LGA) Funding
  • Police and Fire Disability Benefits
  • Presidential Primary
  • Sales Tax Exemption on Construction Materials
  • Telecommunications
  • Urban Forest Management Funding
  • Water Policy and Funding

SD-63. State Support for Municipal Energy Policy Goals  The League of Minnesota Cities calls on our legislators and state executive agencies charged with accomplishing the state’s energy policy goals to assist cities, townships and counties with tailored efforts to identify appropriate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for undertaking at the local level.

Among those tools, the state should:

  • Help ensure that reduced energy use results in reduced energy costs by addressing problems with amortization timing;
  • Have laws that allow and support utility grant and loan programs;  Use proceeds from the Renewable Development Fund to support local government projects;
  • Provide increased flexibility for utilities to work with local government;
  • Support development of a unified electric energy billing and usage structure that is easily imported into a B3 Benchmarking tracking system;
  • Develop a framework that allows Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs;
  • Play an increased role in providing a network of charging stations to support a transition to electric vehicles;
  • Create a grant and loan program to offset start-up capital expenses for projects identified where the savings in energy costs can offset capital project costs or where projects are needed to meet energy policy goals;
  • Clarify state law so that cities may use public utility franchise agreements to advance energy policy goals, and;
  • Recognize that state energy agency technical expertise needs to be made available to cities at no cost.