At the capitol this year, we fought to Double the MFIP Grants. As usual, the politicians whittled our idea down, but something is better than nothing. Now the MN politicians are in final, closed-door talks. There are 3 sides in the talks. We want the Senate side to win.
Side 1: The Senate has a $100 per month increase starting October this year.
Side 2: The Governor has a $100 increase starting July 2016 (next year).
Side 3: The House has nothing.
Again, we want the Senate side to win. Families need money now. After 29 years, it is PAST DUE!
Please contact these 3 politicians
You will likely get a voicemail or an assistant, but our voices will be heard!
Governor Mark Dayton – 651-201-3400 – http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/
Representative Matt Dean – 651-296-3018 – email@example.com
Message to Dayton and Dean: “Welfare grants haven’t gone up in 29 years. In budget talks, I want you to take the Senate position to raise the MFIP grants starting in October of this year. Poor families need money now.”
Senator Tony Lourey – 651-296-0293 – firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sen. Lourey, use this message: “Keep up the fight to raise the welfare grants starting in October. They haven’t gone up since 1986. Poor families need money now.”
Others to contact if you can with the message:
“Welfare grants haven’t gone up in 29 years. In budget talks, I want you to take the Senate position to raise the MFIP grants starting in October of this year. Poor families need money now.”
House and Senate Leadership:
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk – 651-296-8881
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben – 651-297-8060
House Speaker Kurt Daudt: 651-296-5364
House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin 651-296-7806
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen – 651-296-5375
All the Senators and Reps on the Health and Human Services Conference Committee:
Rep. Tara Mack – 651-296-5506
Rep. Joe Schomacker – 651-296-5505
Rep. Nick Zerwas – 651-296-4237
Rep. Joe McDonald – 651-296-4336
Sen. Kathy Sheran 651-296-6153
Sen. Jeff Hayden – 651-296-4261
Sen. Melisa Franzen – 651-296-6238
Sen. Julie Rosen – 651-296-5713
The HHS conference committee started meeting on May 5. Their hands will be tied until a global budget agreement is reached. We don’t want our grant increase to get lost in the budget talks. So please call! The legislative session ends May 18.