Legislative Priorities

Each year the Edina City Council approves legislative priorities to advocate for the City at the State Legislature and U.S. Congress. 

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State Priorities

Development of Parks

  • Allow cities to collect park dedication fees for multifamily redevelopment projects
  • Support an Edina Local Option Sales Tax

Local Authority

  • Eliminate the exemption of Hennepin/Ramsey counties in the Motor Vehicle Lease Sales Tax Allocation
  • Preserve utility franchise fees
  • Support municipal liquor operations
  • Eliminate city requirements for public notices in newspapers
  • Increase City Manager authority to adjust for inflation
  • Repeal statutory salary limitation on city employees
  • Adopt enabling legislation to allow cities to implement local environmental protection measures

Environment

  • Support advanced energy standards for commercial buildings
  • Support limited liability for private commercial salt applicators
  • Support local environmental public health programs
  • Maintain local authority for building energy benchmarking
  • Support Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Municipal Grant Program

Transportation

  • Support Municipal State Aid (MSA) funding
  • Support cities’ ability to create street improvement districts
  • Support Local Bridge Replacement Program Funding

Public Safety

  • Support a bonding request for the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility
  • Support funding of fire resources, training and statewide response teams
  • Support railroad and hazardous substance safety
  • Oppose statutory prohibition of residential fire sprinklers
  • Oppose the expansion of retail fireworks sales

Housing

  • Protect low- and moderate-income tenants
  • Support regulatory tools for affordable housing
  • Create new funding sources for affordable housing

Federal Priorities

  • Invest in local transportation priorities
  • Climate change
  • Election security
  • Affordable housing
  • Local management of wireless siting
  • Aviation noise
  • Post office preservation
  • Cable franchise fees
  • Protection of municipal bonds
  • State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction

See the 2020 Federal Priorities brochure (PDF) for details on these 10 priorities.