What are targets?
A target is a budget for how much to spend on a certain bill or issue. Once a committee has their target (which are negotiated by leadership) they have a guideline. For instance, if the bonding target is $800M, the Capitol Investment Committee puts together a bill that spends up to that much. All of the bonding proposals that are submitted usually WAY outspend what the target is, so the Committee uses the target to decide how many projects to include.
What is interim?
Interim is the time between sessions. Right after adjournment sine die in May, through the next January (for the first year of the biennium) or February/March (second year of the biennium).
What’s sine die?
Sine die means “without a day.” During session, when they adjourn floor meetings, part of the motion to adjourn includes the date and time of the next meeting. When they adjourn at the end of the year, they move to adjourn “sine die”.
When somebody works “at the Capitol” does that mean their office is IN the Capitol?
Rarely does it mean that. The Capitol Complex, governed by the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Commission (CAAPC), includes 15 individual buildings as well as the surrounding greenspace. Senators and their staff have offices in the Minnesota Senate Building (MSB). House members and their staff, the Reviser’s office and Legislative Library are in the State Office Building (SOB). A few members of House and Senate leadership have second offices in the Capitol itself, along with the Governor, but one of the main goals of the 2011 restoration resulted in an increase of 30,000 square feet of space in the Capitol being accessible to the public. The press corps have offices in the basement, but like lobbyists, constituents and other visitors, are frequently out and about, monitoring committee hearings and talking to legislators. Public events and rallies take place both inside the Capitol and on the grounds.
Contact Shannon Watson, Director of Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org with other questions you may have about the legislature!
Post by Kathleen Lohmar Exel, Foundation Director
At a time when news cycles often carry stories of police interactions with the public—many of them negative—it was a formative day for LSP to come together to better understand the criminal justice system in Saint Paul/Ramsey County and investigate the balance of trust and power in the community, as well as to learn and explore the innovative ways the system is being changed from within and from the outside by a variety of sectors. The class appreciated hearing from Saint Paul Police Chief, Todd Axtell, they were moved by the visit to the Ramsey County Jail, and learned a lot from the panels throughout the day, including very frank discussions of the barriers and systemic racism within the criminal justice system from JaPaul Harris, Hennepin County Court Juvenile Referee and Judge Mark Ireland of the Ramsey County Drug Court. In an effort to have the class continue reflecting on the day after having a bit of time to digest what they saw, heard, learned, and thought, we held a Salon discussion on April 25 at The Liffey. Salons were piloted in 2017 as a way for the class to come together and discuss particularly heavy topics between regular LSP program days and we hope to continue them beyond 2018.
Special thanks to Nicole Coty of Bearence Management Group, LSP 2016, chair of the day and her committee, Sarah Berger of Neighborhood House and Autumn Amadou-Blegen, both from LSP ’16. Julia Jenson, Curriculum Chair and Damon Shoholm, Curriculum Lead facilitated conversations through the day to help the class process what they saw, heard and learned.
Post by Yao Yang, SPACC Public Affairs Specialist
Since its introduction in 1907, plastic has enabled great inventions and innovation, but also significant environmental consequences on Earth. On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, and is now celebrated globally in over 193 countries. Besides the official date and celebration, there are many things that we all can do to make Every Day Earth Day.
Every little thing you do adds up. The average American in 2014 had a “carbon footprint” (i.e. they produced) 21.5 metric tons of CO2 according to University of Michigan. That’s three times over the global carbon footprint average of 4.9 metric tons CO2 in 2013 according to The World Bank. Find out your estimated carbon footprint here and imagine what you can do every day to reduce your carbon footprint.
Start asking questions about alternatives. What alternative life choices can you make that will help the environment and your bottom line? We could all put more effort to recycle, reduce, and eliminate trash. All of these efforts can help reduce your carbon footprint. What are things you can do every day to reduce your carbon footprint? Here are some suggestions to start:
These are some easy ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Take the time to do your research and see what you can do. It’s important to remember that you can make an impact with the little things you do every day. The more you do, the more you can fuel change to your culture of sustainability.
If you want to implement these practices in your workplace, you can apply for BizRecycling grant (up to $10,000) that helps businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties to implement recycling and organics programs. Let us know your feedback, questions, and comments.
Stay tuned for more environmental coverage in the coming weeks. I will be doing a “Zero Waste Week Challenge” and share all about my experience!