Legislative Session 2017: Down to the wire … and still not done

Despite the hectic session, the Goff Public government relations team secured significant victories for our clients on issues ranging from education to public safety to liquor.

The 2017 session was definitely one for the books – and it is likely not finished yet. After failing to pass all of the budget bills before the required adjournment deadline, the Legislature went into a special session to pass its remaining bills – but not without the inclusion of some controversial provisions.

In response to what he called a “reprehensible sneak attack,” Governor Dayton exercised his line-item veto power to eliminate the Legislature’s funding effective July 1, 2017. The House and Senate do have some financial reserves, but not enough to function until the 2018 session, set to begin on February 20. This unusual action could force another special session – or result in legal action, which Speaker Daudt has already suggested.

With the session nearly behind us, it’s never to early to start planning for 2018. Contact our Director of Government Relations Elizabeth Emerson for more information.

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Environmental Initiative celebrates its 25th anniversary

Environmental Initiative has been bringing together nonprofit, business and government leaders to collaboratively solve environmental problems for 25 years.

Watch this video to learn more about the organization’s impact on Minnesota’s environment.


St. Francis Regional Medical Center among first to offer acupuncture in ER

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer free acupuncture to emergency room patients.  The traditional Chinese treatment technique stimulates natural endorphins in the body, promoting better circulation and natural healing.

Acupuncture can help patients with anything from a minor migraine to severe trauma. In many cases, St. Francis can use it to replace traditional opioid treatment and is one way that the hospital is working to decrease incidences of prescribed opioids.

For more information, watch this KSTP segment.

5-24-17 St. Francis KSTP segment


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