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Join us for GMNP membership meeting, CGMC Summer Conference

The GMNP membership meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. The meeting will include a brief recap of the GMNP’s activities from the previous year, a discussion on possible 2018 priorities, a budget overview and a recruitment discussion.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the CGMC Summer Conference (see info below). GMNP members are welcome to attend the full conference or just come for the meeting on Aug. 3. If you are planning to attend the meeting only, please contact GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman at

CGMC Summer Conference

The CGMC Summer Conference will be held Aug. 2-4 in Fergus Falls. As in recent years, all GMNP members are invited to attend the conference, which will feature speakers and presentations on a wide variety of topics affecting Greater Minnesota communities. The full conference agenda can be found on the CGMC website here.

To register for the conference, please fill out this registration form and submit it via email (, fax (651-225-9088) or mail (Coalition of Greater MN Cities, c/o Dana Johnston, 525 Park St., Suite 470, St. Paul, MN 55103). Please register by July 24.

Please note that the CGMC has a block of rooms reserved at the Country Inn & Suites, which is adjacent to the event center, at a discounted rate of $99.99 (plus tax). The deadline to book a room under the reduced rate is July 2. Call the hotel at 218-739-2211 to make a reservation.

If you have any questions about the CGMC Summer Conference, please contact Julie Liew at or 651-259-1917.

Unfinished business remains with only hours left in the legislative session

Less than 10 hours remain in the 2017 legislative session. Yesterday, three of the 13 major budget bills passed with what appears to be somewhat of an agreement between Governor Dayton and the Republican leadership. It is possible that these bills could be vetoed, but I suspect they will be signed by the Governor. The bills that passed were jobs finance, environment finance and higher education funding.

However, with the taxes, transportation, health and human services, bonding and K-12 education among the bills that have not passed, it seems increasingly likely that a special session will be needed. My take is that the best possible outcome would be for the Governor and legislative leaders to reach a “handshake agreement” on the overall size of the bills, and then take a few days or a week to assemble the bills before reconvening for a special session. The concern of not having a rough agreement and not passing the bills soon is that the pressure to “get it done” will be gone and we could be looking at a partial government shutdown beginning July 1. Continue reading