It’s A New Year!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely holiday season. It’s a new year and with it brings a new chance to work on changing the Minnesota Cottage Food Law.

Our total petition signatures are at 1182 and in the past month we have gained 48 more supporters on our Facebook page. 48 in just one month! That says to me that the public is becoming more aware of this issue, which is what we will need for this to succeed.

Many of you have asked for an update on the case the Institute of Justice is working on against the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. I’m afraid I couldn’t find anything new and would assume that like the rest of us, the holiday season kind of puts everything on hold. I did find a couple of articles on their site that you might find interesting.
http://www.ij.org/mncottagefoods-background
http://www.ij.org/mn-cottage-foods-release-11-19-2013
So for now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.

It is very important to get the word out to your District Representatives now that they will be heading into session. We have been told that this is going to be kind of a “down” session for the legislature which means they won’t really be pushing forward any new bills. We REALLY have to make ourselves heard if we are going to get anywhere this year. As we have told you before, they will only acknowledge their own constituents. So in order to reach all of the representatives and senators you each have to make your voice heard.

We will post a list of talking points that you may like to use as a guideline. We have also constructed a basic letter that you can copy and personalize to fit your district.  Write to them, call them, visit them!

We are going to try to get a group together in February to go to the capital and knock on doors. If you are interested in joining us please send us a message with your name and contact info to our Facebook page.

Stay warm and have a great rest of the week!

 

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