• 2013 Day at the Capitol Home Page January 12
    New LCPPM Director Hired!

    Tammy Walhof has accepted the call and will begin as the new director for the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota (LCPPM) on January 9, 2014. Tammy currently serves as Bread for the World’s senior organizer in several Upper Midwest and Plains    states, including Minnesota. Prior to joining Bread for the World’s staff, Tammy lived in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic while  working for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now called World Renew). Upon accepting the position, Tammy stated, "I'm  passionate about justice for poor and hungry people, and care of creation! This position is a great fit, and offers me an exciting new  opportunity to live out my calling, working for justice in God's world."  Tammy has collaborated with LCPPM for many years, and has been a fixture (and a star) at our regional hunger events.  She is very  familiar with the ELCA and looking forward to this new chapter in carrying out LCPPM's mission. 


    LCPPM's 2013 Policy Advocacy: ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Mark at Earthday 2013Thank you for working with us to make 2013 a year of important legislative action benefiting our neighbors, our neighborhoods, and God’s creation. You lived out your faith by calling, visiting or writing to your legislators, sending Letters to Editors, and sharing your other talents to make a significant difference during the legislative session! LCPPM, along with our partner organizations, is proud to have helped make this happen.  Our highest priority policies for 2013 were: 

    Build the Next Generation of Clean Energy Policies & Leaders
    We played a direct role in the enactment of new policies for use of renewable solar energy. The policy gains included measures to establish a solar energy standard that requires public utilities to provide at least 1.5%  of their power through solar electricity by 2020, with a statewide goal of reaching 10% by 2030.
    Support the Homeless Youth Act!

    The Legislature allocated $4M in funding for The Homeless Youth Act.  That amount  is almost 18 times the current level of funding!

    Provide statewide services for young victims of human trafficking: Support funding for the Safe Harbors Legislation

    The legislature allocated Safe Harbors $2.8 million.  It also created a statewide Safe Harbor director position responsible for prevention of sex trafficking (first in the nation!).

    See the 2013 Legislative Summary for information on more legislation that was passed for these issues, and a summary of accomplishments on three other bills that were prioritized as our "second tier."


    Minnesota's Roman Catholic and ELCA Bishops ask legislators to "frame the budget debate in terms of moral choices!"

    Bishops at signing On April 11, Minnesota’s Roman  Catholic and ELCA bishops issued  an open letter to  members of the  Minnesota House and Senate, and  Governor Dayton, urging both  political parties to:

     - Work together toward a budget  that alleviates poverty and works to  build  a hopeful future for all  Minnesotans, and to

     - Ensure there is a “Circle of  Protection” around programs serving  people experiencing poverty in State budget negotiations.

    In this letter, the Minnesota bishops said, “As you craft a budget to address revenue shortages, emerging needs, and a struggling economy, we believe it is essential to build a ‘Circle of Protection’ around programs serving our neighbors who are in need.” The document is not meant to endorse any particular budget plan, but rather propose an ethical and moral framework based on shared values in the hope of moving the discussion in the right direction.

    The bishops went on to emphasize four key points for the state’s lawmakers:  Read more... 

    More information is available in the Metro Lutheran April 29 article "LCPPM, Catholic Bishops to take on poverty."


LCPPM Mission Statement:

Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota, in response to God's love, seeks to engage all people of faith in the promotion of public policy that supports peace, justice and care for all of God's Creation.

The LCPPM is one of 10 state public policy offices of the ELCA. Our ministry of advocacy for the ELCA is expressed through partnership with the six ELCA synods and ELCA World Hunger.

Calendar

09-Jan        

Tammy Walhof joins LCPPM as new director                     

   
25-Feb  2014 Legislative Session scheduled to begin                                                           

Lutheran Day on the Hill and LCPPM's 25th Anniversary

View our "Events" page to see highlights of first Lutheran Day at the Capital and LCPPM's 25 Anniversary Celebration.

Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in 1517.

He challenged any comers to a public scholarly discussion on the items outlined in the theses.

      

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