The following is a statement from Justin Fay, campaign manager for the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign, on the passage of the Omnibus jobs, housing, economic development and energy appropriations bill by the Minnesota House and Senate during today’s special legislative session:
“The Legislature missed a huge opportunity to grow good jobs, save consumers money in the long run and protect our natural heritage for generations by rolling back smart policies—like Minnesota’s successful net metering law—and failing to put forward a responsible Minnesota clean energy plan.
“Instead of doing the right thing and building on Minnesota’s clean energy progress, lawmakers spent the session squabbling over how to hinder it. This lack of leadership from the Legislature only hurts our state, especially in Greater Minnesota where clean energy is growing jobs and bringing investment.
“Thousands of Minnesotans showed lawmakers the broad support for clean energy, but their voices were ignored in St. Paul. We cannot afford another session of missed opportunities next year. Lawmakers should work together to grow clean energy in our state next session. It will be good for our economy and environment. And, it’s the right thing to do for Minnesota’s future.”