Rise’s Legislative Priorities

During the 2019 Minnesota state legislative session, Rise supported the legislation brought forth by the Best Life Alliance of Minnesota.

The main goals of this legislation were:

1. Restore the 7% rate cut by implementing a Competitive Workforce Factor.

2. Adjust the timing of the automatic rate adjustments to every two years to better keep pace with actual economic conditions.

You can read more by downloading our Advocacy FAQs or our 2019 Legislative Info Sheet.

First Steps

Make sure you know who represents you. These are the people who will be voting on the legislation that affects you and your community, which means they are the best people to contact about the issues that matter to you!

Getting Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved in the legislative process all year round. Whether you are a person with a disability, a loved one, someone who works in disability services, or just a caring member of the community, your voice should be heard.

Emailing, calling, or writing your legislators

Contact your legislators to let them know what is important to you. Maybe you care most about day training and habilitation services, or programs for people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. Whatever has had an impact on you, let your legislators know how it has made a difference in your life. If you aren’t sure what to say, you can look at the scripts we have drafted here.

Writing a letter to the editor

Writing a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper can be a great way to get the rest of your community involved in an issue. You can use the template above to help you if you aren’t sure how to write one. Remember: letters to the editor are best when they’re around 175 words, and it’s important that you personalize it as much as you’re comfortable by making it clear why this issue matters to you.

Read the article Tracy Bird, who is served at Rise Spring Lake Park, submitted to Access Press and had published in June 2019 regarding the importance of staying in touch with your state representatives and having your voice heard.

Links to the submission forms for some newspapers you may have in your community are listed below.
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune
ABC Newspapers (Anoka County)
Sun Focus (Columbia Heights, Fridley, Mounds View and New Brighton)
Sun Post (Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale, Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley)
Sun Current (Edina, Richfield, Bloomington and Eden Prairie)
Stillwater Gazette
Forest Lake Times

Other letter to the editor submission forms in the area can be found here, under “Online Services.”

Other Events

Rise hosted two opportunities for persons served and their families to stay informed about this year’s legislative session. We also organized legislative visits during Disability Day at the Capitol.

Become an Advocacy Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in advocating on behalf of the people we serve. Advocacy volunteers can take on a variety of roles and time commitments can be as much or as little as you’d like. For more information about becoming an advocacy volunteer, contact volunteer@rise.org 

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