Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota extremely active in the 2015 Minnesota legislative session

By Joshua Davis, Guest Author
The advocacy team at Goodwill-Easter Seals has kept busy during the 2015 session of the Minnesota legislature.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota extremely active in the 2015 Minnesota legislative session

2015-03-09 12:00:12

The advocacy team at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has kept busy during the 2015 Minnesota legislative session. As we continue to expand program services both within the metro area and in greater Minnesota, we have also increased our presence at the capitol.

Our work in the legislature is defined by four main goals:

  • To help move individuals and families out of poverty and into economic self-reliance
  • To reduce racial disparities especially as they relate to employment in Minnesota
  • To increase access to services and independence for individuals with disabilities
  • To encourage community-based services through the nonprofit sector

These broad pillars are a direct reflection of the diverse needs and barriers our program participants face every day. Our dedication to helping our participants overcome their barriers to work and independence includes making it a top priority to advocate for their needs.

Days at the capitol

To help bring our concerns front and center, we have gone to the capitol twice for “days on the hill”, with a third event on the horizon. Our days at the capitol include public rallies, media coverage, and meeting with legislators. Specifically, these events targeted restoring the right to vote for people exiting prison, reducing drug-sentencing restrictions, increasing the asset limits for people with disabilities on Medical Assistance, and increasing funding for the Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities program.

We have also been able to broaden our efforts by working with outside groups to enhance the rights and roles of fathers in the state to improve the well-being of their children. In addition, we added our voice to efforts that seek to reduce racial inequity in Minnesota, as well as efforts to prepare our available workforce to meet the pressing demands of an expanding economy.

Without question, we have a lot on our plate this legislative session. But we believe that through the efforts of our dedicated staff to advocate and work in partnership with other organizations, we can achieve positive reforms for our program participants.

Learn more about our 2015 public policy priorities.