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MN lege: When will the crazy end?

by Dan Burns on February 16, 2017 · 1 comment

minnesota_state_capitolSome of the dumb sh*t that right-wing legislators from the Minnesota Party of Trump have been hard at work on.
 

In a 76-49 vote on (Feb. 9), the Minnesota House of Representatives passed H.F.235, a bill that would eliminate the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.
 
Launched in 2013, the 10-year incentive program helps residents, businesses and communities fund new solar PV and solar thermal systems whose equipment is certified as manufactured in Minnesota.
(Solar Industry)

This next one is basically about ending any liability for extremist kooks who booby-trap their property in anticipation of attacks from Obama’s hordes of ISIS Muslims. And pandering to fans of “survivalists” and the like on “reality” TV.
 

HF985, sponsored by Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), would prevent, in most cases, landowners from owing a “duty of care” to people who venture onto private property without permission…
 
Rep. Andrew Carlson (DFL-Bloomington) attacked the bill as a product the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, an organization dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism…
 
Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) warned that HF985 would freeze existing common law in statute, making it impossible for Republican proponents to expand protections for property owners in the future.
(Session Daily)

Comment below fold.
 

Comments
 
From Mac Hall: FYI Letter on behalf of the 3,800 hard-working Minnesotans that are
employed in the solar industry regarding HF235
 
This legislation, if enacted, will not only kill an important component of Minnesota’s solar industry, it will also pull the rug out on solar businesses that have made investments and finalized contracts for solar projects this year. Repealing the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program (MiM) three years into its ten-year cycle will negatively impact the entire solar industry value chain resulting in the immediate loss of investments and jobs throughout the state.
In 2013, the legislature – like most other legislatures around the country – developed a solar incentive program with a goal of establishing a Minnesota-based solar industry marketplace. The Made in Minnesota (MiM) program is succeeding in that endeavor. Since the enactment of MiM, Minnesota’s residential and small business sector of the solar industry has grown exponentially with over 1,100 installations. Businesses have opened their doors in big and small towns across the state and have offered employment opportunities to rural Minnesotans who had been economically displaced by the recession.
In some instances, businesses have even relocated from other states to take advantage of Minnesota’s solar-friendly policies. MiM has increased Minnesota’s ability to compete nationally in securing businesses in this sector while delivering economic benefits statewide.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, MiM has been responsible for the creation of 495 jobs in Minnesota’s solar sector and the majority of the industry utilizes this program to market their products and services. Because of the MiM program, Minnesota’s small businesses are better able to compete with larger, out-of-state companies.
Just as other states are implementing new or stronger solar incentive programs, Minnesota is moving to eliminate its own. HF 235/SF 214 repeals the MiM program with immediate effect. Not only would this devastate our state’s strong and growing roof top solar industry, it instantly terminates funds set to be awarded on February 28, 2017—less than two weeks from today. What should our home-grown
businesses tell their customers? How can these companies recoup the investments they have already made?
How can Minnesota expect to continue to compete nationally in this fast-growing sector if we repeal this program and tell our solar business community we’ve changed our minds?
We urge you to vote “No” on this legislation and to support the continued growth of solar in Minnesota.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
1. Alexandria Industries
2. All Energy Solar
3. Applied Energy Innovations
4. Aquilla Solar
5. Cedar Creek Energy
6. Energy Concepts
7. Ideal Energy
8. Innovative Power Systems
9. iTek Energy
10. Powerfully Green
11. RREAL
12. Solar Connection
13. Solar Farm
14. SunDance Energy Solutions
15. SunDial Solar
16. SunRun
17. TruNorth Solar
18. Werner Electric
19. Winona Renewable Energy, LLC
20. Zenergy
 

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