Lutherans in Minnesota

LCPPM announces 2012 policy priorities

The Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota (LCPPM), the state advocacy arm of the six Minnesota synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has announced its priorities for the 2012 Minnesota legislative session, which opened January 24.

According to the Rev. Mark Peters, LCPPM executive director, the group will continue its ongoing commitment to preserve a viable safety net for vulnerable Minnesotans, whom he calls, “Christ among us.”

In addition, LCPPM members will “monitor the status and assess the impact of proposed Minnesota constitutional budget amendments.” With more than a half-dozen amendments under consideration by legislators this session, LCPPM will anticipate the implications and unintended consequences of the amendments, especially how they could affect the viability of the safety net.

Finally, LCPPM will engage legislators on efforts to promote a healthier environment, specifically in areas of clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction.

The legislative session is scheduled to finish its business April 30. Barring a tentative agreement on funding a Minnesota Vikings football stadium, a special session is not expected in 2012.

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