www.mnaction.org Saturday, December 20, 2014  

We love the Vikings too! But c’mon, Legacy funding for a stadium?

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Issue

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Passed by 1.6 Million Minnesotans

Background

Only in this political climate would anyone consider raiding the Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds to build a professional sports stadium.

Some legislators are proposing to give the millionaire owners of the Vikings some of the Legacy funds that were approved by Minnesota voters in 2008 to protect our water, Great Outdoors, arts and cultural heritage.

This proposal sets a dangerous precedent by diverting Legacy funds to a project no one intended to fund with these dollars! Voters overwhelmingly voted to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams – they never imagined the funds could be diverted to a sports stadium.

Minnesotans voted to protect our water, our Great Outdoors, and our cultural heritage. Legacy funds should not be diverted from important community projects to the for-profit business that owns the Vikings.

Minnesota is a special place. We treasure our Great Outdoors: our lakes, rivers and streams; our forests and natural areas; parks and wildlife; and our cultural heritage. We want to enjoy our state’s natural beauty and way of life, protect it and pass it on to our children and grandchildren. One of the best ways we can Protect Minnesota’s Future is to protect the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment from raids.

But all is not well in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Forty percent of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers fail healthy water quality standards, and most of our lakes and streams have yet to be tested. Our population is expected to swell by more than 1.2 million in the next 25 years. Over 1 million acres of natural areas and farmland will be lost over the next 25 years, as Minnesota continues developing faster than any other state in the Midwest. In 2010, state funding for conservation dropped to less than 1 percent of all state general funds for the first time in Minnesota history.

Yet, politicians are proposing to use Legacy funds to help the millionaire owners of the Vikings build a new stadium instead of using the funds as voters intended.

The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment established a dedicated account of long-term funding to:
·Protect our drinking water,
·Protect and restore our lakes, rivers and streams, our forests, and our natural areas
·Preserve our art and cultural heritage, and
·Support our parks and trails.

People in every corner of Minnesota who depend on these resources to provide outdoor experiences and arts opportunities would be harmed by this proposal. There is not a single county that would not have a negative impact from it.

These funds were designed to be protected by the Minnesota Constitution from “raiding” for other purposes when budgets get tight. But if some politicians get their way, the arts and cultural heritage funding would be diverted to a Vikings Stadium. If politicians are successful in raiding the funds dedicated to our arts and culture, how soon will they be back to raid the funds that protect and restore our Great Outdoors?


The question that was on the 2008 General Election ballot stated:

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?”

Funds are distributed:
- 33% to protect and restore clean water and drinking water;
- 33% to protect and restore natural areas and wildlife habitat, including parkland;
- 14.25% to support parks and trails of regional and statewide significance; and
- 19.75% to preserve cultural heritage and arts.

To find out where the funds are going now, click on "more".

Take Action Now:! Tell Governor Dayton and your legislators to protect Minnesota’s future! Don’t raid Clean Water, Land and Legacy Funds! Oppose the diversion of Legacy funs for the Vikings stadium and similar outlandish proposals

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I love the Vikings! But c'mon, Legacy funding for a stadium?


Dear Governor,

Protect Minnesota’s Future! Don’t raid Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds! Oppose the diversion of Legacy funds for the Vikings stadium and similar outlandish proposals.

Only in this political climate would anyone consider raiding the Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds that Minnesota voters approved in 2008.

This proposal sets a dangerous precedent by diverting Legacy funds for a purpose no one intended to fund with these dollars! Voters overwhelmingly voted to protect our Great Outdoors and our arts and cultural heritage – they never imagined the funds could be diverted to a professional sports stadium.

Diverting these funds is a bait and switch for the 1.6 million taxpayers who voted for the amendment. I urge you to vote “NO” on any bill that would divert Legacy dollars to pay for a Vikings stadium.

This issue is very important to me. Please let me know your position on this proposal.

Sincerely,

Your name and address here


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