Legislative Priorities & What We Stand For ...
MN Small Cities (MAOSC) responds to a variety of legislative and agency policies that impact cities all across the state, and we take the lead when policy proposals are expected to have a more significant effect – either negative or positive – on cities with populations of 5,000 or less. If Minnesota’s small cities have a stake in the outcome of an issue, it is adopted as part of our agenda.
Based on this criteria - as well as feedback and input from our member cities - the MN Small Cities Board of Directors develops annual legislative goals and policies; then gives authority to our Executive Director and lobbyists (both state and federal) to proceed accordingly. MAOSC lobbyists are also given the flexibility needed to react quickly to issues that arise unexpectedly during the legislative session based on the policy guidelines put forth by the Board, in anticipation of issues the legislature might address during the session.
Primary concerns: Our top concerns are to protect the ability of city leaders in all cities to make decisions for their communities and to give them access to needed resources. In the cities they govern, city leaders also call these communities “home” and therefore serve as their community’s closest elected officials. Supporting their authority as elected officials is one of MN Small Cities’ paramount goals. Additionally, we strongly advocate for sufficient resources - from state and federal entities - that will allow our cities to grow in a manner that suits them best.
Historically, MN Small Cities has focused on the following issues in past years: