Public Policy and Advocacy

MSSA's Public Policy and Advocacy program exists to empower our membership and amplify their voices at the Minnesota State Capitol. Our non-partisan vision, legislative agenda, and legislative advocacy work is inspired by our members. We seek to enact policy change that ensures all Minnesotans are able to thrive and that our members have the resources they need to do their jobs well. Read more about the values we work for in our Public Policy and Advocacy program below.


MSSA's Public Policy Vision


The following statements reflect the core beliefs of our members and the work of our public policy and advocacy program.

We believe MSSA must work with and for historically marginalized and unrepresented groups, as well as those who experience oppression and marginalization to ensure all Minnesotans includes all Minnesotans.

Access to Basic Needs: All Minnesotans should be entitled to basic needs such as adequate food, shelter, work, health care, and education.

Racial Justice and Elimination of Disparities: MSSA advocates for the protection and advancement of human rights for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in Minnesota as well as equitable and high quality services, access to health care and employment opportunities, and ensuring safety and well-being for the BIPOC community.This includes identifying and naming structural racism in the health and human services system and working tirelessly to address it.

Comprehensive Healthcare: All Minnesotans should have access to high-quality, patient-centered, affordable healthcare, which includes adequate mental health and chemical health services.

Safe Families and Communities:
All Minnesotans have the right to safety in their homes and communities.

Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being: All Minnesotans deserve safety, permanency, and well-being.

Quality and Affordable Early Childhood Care and Education:
Early childhood care and education is crucial for children and families to thrive.

Disability Services: 
MSSA advocates for the protection, inclusion and civil rights advancement of individuals with disabilities, including competitive employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, social engagement and access to assistance.

Veteran Services: MSSA advocates for high quality and equitable services for veterans, including employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, and access to health care and assistance.

LGBTQ+ Rights: 
MSSA advocates for the protection and advancement of human rights for LGBTQ+ Minnesotans as well as equitable and high-quality services, access to health care and employment opportunities, and ensuring safety and well-being for the LGBTQ+ community.


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    Legislative Agenda


    MSSA's legislative agenda guides our work through member-driven legislative advocacy and organizational partnerships. Click to view our 2021 legislative agenda. 

    Events & Education


    Learn more about MSSA's upcoming public policy and advocacy events and mark your calendars today!

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    Public Policy & Advocacy FAQ


    Have questions about our public policy and advocacy program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.