(Our Note -Notice all the SMART language. Besides being UN based, this language is regularly found in the documents and websites of the NGOs in YOUR local community, Sourcewell and associates, Regional Planner, and League of Cities.)
From Ron :
Good morning, Beware !!! of HF 995 This bill has been introduced by three
Democrats which puts The Global agenda of green energy at your door step. This
bill is dangerous to your liberties. It was first introduced by Governor Arnie
Carlson’s Roundtable on the United Nations sustainability program in the early
1990’s. It has since been resurrected by the DFL.
Many are unaware of the language state representatives use when discussing
bills, The reason for this confusion is, the language does not necessaricome from them as much as it comes from NGO’s/non-governmental agencies who
Legislators want to know your how much your spending oh products, energy and
natural resources. They will monitor your intake through (GPI) indicators.
very similar to ESG indicators. This is government intrusion at all levels.
– The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) started to emerge in the 1990’s, and at
that time Minnesota convened a round-table on sustainability and recommended we
adopt the GPI for Minnesota, which was defined in the MN Department of
Planning’s Smart Signals report. Thanks Ron Branstner
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From Director of the Ecology Democracy Network
Thank you for taking the time to talk about the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI).
Below is a general letter about the GPI. In addition are links to: MN Smart
Signals report, Maryland and Hawaii GPI; MN GPI; short videos and a few articles.
Attached is the report (GPI 2.0) the MN GPI legislation is based on, as well as
a short one-pager on the deficiencies of the GDP.
Director of the Ecology Democracy Network
P.O. Box 3872
Minneapolis, MN 55403
I’m seeking your help to offer an alternative metric to measure our economy in
Over the last nine years I have been educating a variety of people in
Minnesota about the deficiencies using the Gross State Product (GSP)/Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to calculate the state forecast, and that a better measurement for our overall well-being would be to use the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). Below are some main points and sources explaining the GPI: – The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) started to emerge in the 1990’s, and at that time Minnesota convened a round-table on sustainability and recommended we adopt the GPI for Minnesota, which was defined in the MN Department of Planning’s Smart Signals report: http://www.ecologydemocracynetwork.org/downloads/EQB_Smart_Signals_1990_measure.pdf (We never had a chance to exercise the recommendations in the report when the MN Department of Planning was ended in 2003.) – In the last decade other states, such as: Maryland, Vermont, Washington State and Hawaii moved forward to implement the GPI. (https://dnr.maryland.gov/mdgpi/Pages/default.aspx, https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/hawaii-genuine-progress-indicator-hi-gpi/)
– Unlike the GDP, which is a growth-driver without limits, the GPIrecognizes
costs and limits, and can remedy overproduction by adding external costs into
our economic calculation.
– The GDP does not acknowledge non-monetized activity, where the GPI values
activity such as ecological services, household work, and volunteerism.
– The GDP does not care about allocation in the economy, where as the GPI
signals an imbalance between rural and urban investments, as well as income.
– Also, the GDP is based on short-term, (i.e. quarterly balance sheets and
yearly returns), where the GPI calculation reveals long-term implications, which
makes it a better economic prognosticator.
The Genuine Progress Indicator is not a perfect measure, nor will it satisfy all
partisan needs, but for policy-makers it would be a more accurate economic
measurement for Minnesota.
I’m encouraging your support for the Minnesota Genuine Progress Indicator this
next session:Minnesota GPI:
RFK on GNP:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6b9688K2g
Shorttake on GPI:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAW2IprtZug
NYT’s, 11/19/20,An ‘Electrifying’ Economist’s Guide to the Recovery, Mariana
Mazzucato, a professor and economist at the University College London,
“In Wales, planned public sector projects are evaluated and appraised by the
Future Generations Commissioner, who is mandated to make recommendations based
on impacts on the not-yet-born. — In New Zealand, the government launched the
first “well-being budget” in 2019. The Genuine Progress Indicator attempts to
separate environmental and social costs from benefits, to value household and
volunteer work, and to adjust for inequality. — If a mixture of these kinds of
evaluative approaches was emboldened and embraced, then we would possibly have a
better indication of the real direct and indirect implications to society of
something like labor within a household.”
GPI ActOp-ed in the Hill:
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