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Transit Riders, Faith and Community Groups Demand Elected Leaders Make Transit Funding a Top Priority

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Current House GOP Plan Would Fall Drastically Short of What Transit Riders Need

With less than 5 weeks away from the end of the session, members of ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and other community groups assembled on April 16 at the State Capitol for a march and rally to demand a comprehensive transportation bill that includes dedicated and sustainable funding for public transit. The march was organized by transit advocacy organizations that share a strong commitment to winning increases in transit funding in 2015.

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2015 Legislative Faith Summits

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As people of faith, we strive to create a state God envisions for us – a place where all people can thrive and live with dignity. This legislative session, members of ISAIAH congregations have been visiting their legislators, testifying in committee hearings and urging our state and community leaders to make children, families, and communities the center of their decisions.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Major Step Toward Protecting Families In Payday Proposal Say MN Faith Leaders of ISAIAH

But ‘Safe Harbor’ Loophole Dangerously Undermines Other Portions of the Proposal

St. Paul – (March 26, 2015) Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) held a field hearing on payday lending in Richmond, Virginia. At the hearing, Director Richard Cordray unveiled a new proposal to regulate the predatory payday lending industry. A coalition of Minnesota faith, consumer, and community groups, including ISAIAH, released this statement about the content of the CFPB’s proposal:

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Health Experts Say Paid Leave Policies Create Better Health Outcomes

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Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, and other health experts, joined faith and community leaders at the State Capitol for a press conference to bring attention to a new report released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with research that shows paid sick leave, paid family leave and other workplace policies that support job stability play a significant role in improving and supporting the health of families and communities.

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Transit Challenge Gets Legislators on the Bus

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Twin Cities (March 6, 2015)– This week, a bipartisan group of twenty-five Minnesota state legislators signed on to the #HowWeRollMN Transit Challenge, riding the bus and train to experience the realities of today’s transit system. On Friday, transit riders and community groups were joined by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininick, Rep. Frank Hornstein, and Rep. Carolyn Laine for a bus ride and press conference to highlight the need for increased funding for transit in the metro area and in Greater Minnesota.

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