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Bloomberg Law: Minnesota Governor Signs ‘Transformational’ Environment Package

May 25, 2023
Alliance Executive Director Casey Katims comments on Minnesota’s latest sweeping climate action.

“Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed into law Wednesday an ambitious climate and energy package that cements the state as a new environmental policy leader.


The legislation, HF 2310, was part of the state’s $72 billion budget deal. The package includes strict regulations on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), $20 million to kick off the state’s new green bank, and new incentives for electric vehicles.


The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s newly won control of the governor’s office in tandem with the House and Senate paid off with climate policy that is ‘nothing short of transformational,’ said Casey Katims, executive director of the US Climate Alliance.


‘Climate action of this scale doesn’t happen on its own,’ he said. ‘Governors can do so much more so much faster when they have climate champions in the legislature.’”

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.


Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.