Given the significance of the pending legislative session, opportunities to learn and educate future Capitol decision makers are essential to move Minnesota forward.
The 2011 Minnesota legislative session likely will be defined by the $5 billion dollar forecasted budget deficit. It will be a session of tough choices and potentially devastating cuts to essential programs for the disability community. To prepare for the session, the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) is hosting a series of candidate forums across the state to give citizens the opportunity to learn where candidates stand on issues that impact people with disabilities, communities and the state.
Planned forum topics include health care reform, employment, education and transportation. Forums will include prepared 'big issue' questions and written questions from the audience facilitated by a moderator. Each candidate will have equal time to answer questions. See below for a list of scheduled MN-CCD forums:
Sept 14 / Duluth - District 7
Residential Services of Northeast MN (2900 Piedmont Ave, Duluth); 6-7:30 pm
Sept 16 / Office of the Secretary of State
Goodwill Easter Seals (553 Fairview Avenue North St. Paul); 2-3:30 pm
Sept 21 / St. Cloud - District 15
Whitney Senior Center (1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56303) 5 30-7:00 pm
Sept 21 / Red Wing - District 28
Jordan Towers 2 (440 W 5Street, Red Wing, MN 55066); 2-3 30 pm
Sept 23 / Edina - District 4
Edina City Hall, City Council Chambers (4801 W. 50th St, Edina) 6-7:30 pm
Sept 30 / Lake Elmo - District 56
Lake Elmo Inn Event Center (3712 Layton Avenue North, Lake Elmo) 6-7:30 pm
Oct 7 / Marshall - District 21
Adult Community Center (107 South Fourth Street, Marshall) 6-7:30 pm
The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations of persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. We address public policy issues that affect people with disabilities by collaborating with others, advocating, educating, influencing change and creating awareness for understanding.
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