Inside the Capitol

  • Beyond Respect Life Month: Combating the throwaway culture every day at every stage

    Posted by · October 22, 2021 2:20 PM

    “Watch out, stay alert; for you do not know when the appointed time is.” (Mark 13:33) St. Mark reminds us in his Gospel that we know not when the Son of Man will return. We can apply this to our call to be faithful citizens – our call to be advocates for life, dignity, and the common good does not rest. As faithful Catholic citizens, we need to be that alert voice who has been building relationships with their legislators in order to be credible witnesses at any appointed time.

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  • MCC Takes a Closer Looks at Housing Issues

    Posted by · September 24, 2021 2:30 PM

    Adequate shelter is a basic human need, as housing is a cornerstone of family stability and child development and traditionally is one the best avenues for building economic stability and generational wealth. As MCC considers a long-term policy agenda to provision the family and promote family economic security, we are more closely examining issues surrounding housing policies.

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  • Protecting people from usury, ensuring equitable compensation for Catholic school teachers, and speaking up to keep religion in the classroom

    Posted by · August 20, 2021 2:50 PM

    Minnesotans deserve good policies which will naturally strengthen families. Instead, our current payday lending laws allow lenders to charge sky-high interest rates that become a debt trap for borrowers. Pope Francis denounces this modern-day usuary because it takes advantage of people in desperate financial situations. He warns that weakening the family, “poses a threat to the mature growth of individuals, the cultivation of community values, and the moral progress of cities and countries.”

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  • Session has ended. Where are Catholics helping to transform our state? Where will the Catholic voice still be needed?

    Posted by · July 23, 2021 3:00 PM

    This past session, the Minnesota Catholic Conference engaged on policy proposals in both the House and Senate even though we knew that finding bi-partisan support on a given issue could be difficult.  The principles of our faith provide the proper footing to avoid falling into today’s deeply partisan trenches while also building bridges across those trenches to bring people together.

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  • School Choice is Front and Center as Capitol Reopens to the Public

    Posted by · June 18, 2021 3:00 PM

    Catholics are back at the Capitol making their voices heard in-person now that the doors of “the people’s house” have reopened to the public. A 15-month closure amid the pandemic shifted most legislative business and public advocacy online.

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  • Vigilant Advocacy Ahead of Special Session

    Posted by · May 25, 2021 3:00 PM

    Recess is no time for rest

    The legislature is in recess now that the 2021 regular session came to its constitutionally mandated end on Monday, May 17th. However, this “recess” is not a time for rest and relaxation. In fact, the clock is ticking again.

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  • Bishops meet with state leaders to advocate for life, dignity, and the common good

    Posted by · May 07, 2021 3:00 PM

    In these final days before regular session ends on May 17th, Catholic laity continue advocating to uphold life, dignity, and the common good. But not only are people in the pews speaking out, so are our shepherds.

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  • As legislature nears end of regular session, Minnesota Catholics are on mission to transform Minnesota in defense of life & dignity

    Posted by · April 23, 2021 3:00 PM

    Minnesota’s legislature ends its regular session in mid-May. This deadline makes right now a key time for Catholics to fulfill the missionary call to bring our faith into the public arena by speaking up for policies that uphold life and dignity.

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  • Legislature shifts focus following Easter/Passover break; Rarely used loophole keeps all bills alive

    Posted by · April 02, 2021 3:00 PM

    After taking their annual “spring break”, legislators are back to work on Tuesday, April 6th. The break is a fixture in the legislative calendar and always coincides with the Easter/Passover holidays.

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