Our predictions for 2015

In the public relations and public affairs worlds, we at Goff Public have a professional duty to our clients to stay on the cutting edge of communications, political and societal trends, and to provide sound advice based on our assessment of the present and the future. So we decided to go out on a limb (or not) in making predictions – some serious, some tongue-in-cheek, some even contradictory  about our rapidly changing industry in 2015. A year from now, we’ll see how right (or wrong) we were.

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$1 billion state surplus forecasted

Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced a $373 million surplus for the current biennium after statutory obligations to allocate 33 percent of the forecasted balance to the budget reserve. It also estimated that state revenues will be up $1.037 billion in the upcoming biennium during its 2016-2017 state budget forecast.

This is good news for the state’s fiscal health and could be good news for organizations seeking state funding. A projected budget surplus also alleviates pressure on legislators to cut programs or increase taxes solely to solve the budget’s bottom line.

Governor Dayton will base his initial budget on this projection of state revenue, for a total budget of $41.880 billion (a 6.4 percent increase over the current biennium). His budget proposal is expected on January 27.

Innocent exonoree applies for well-deserved compensation

Koua Fong Lee was the first person to apply for compensation for the two and a half years he spent in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Last legislative session, Goff Public worked with our pro-bono client, Minnesota Innocence Project, to enact a law that helps ensure compensation for those wrongly convicted. This law took effect in July. Read more about Koua’s story in this Pioneer Press article.

 

Goff Public introduces new bipartisan talent

We are excited to announce that Jake Loesch and Matt Roznowski joined Goff Public today.

A Republican strategist, Jake is the newest member of our government relations team and will help clients accomplish their legislative objectives. Previously Jake served as a GOP staffer in the Minnesota Senate. He also worked on advocacy and communications efforts for the Minnesotans United for All Families and Southerners for the Freedom to Marry campaigns.

Matt brings his diverse background in communications, advocacy and public affairs to our media relations team. He comes to Goff Public after managing legislative communications for 20 state representatives as a communications specialist with the Minnesota House DFL Caucus. He also served as communications director for U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison’s successful reelection campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Jake and Matt will provide tremendous value to our clients, and we are excited to have them as members of our team.