www.mnaction.org Wednesday, July 30, 2014  

Speak up now to protect Minnesotas Great Outdoors!

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Issue

Safeguarding Investments for Minnesota's Future

Background

As we celebrate Minnesota voters overwhelming approval of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment, we must remain vigilant in our stewardship of existing Great Outdoors dollars.

Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget disproportionately cuts funding for conservation and environmental agencies and programs they are slashed 23 percent, 10 times the overall reduction in the state general fund budget.

Money raised by the constitutional amendment may NOT be used as a substitute to make up for these proposed cuts.

The Constitution is clear. Amendment dollars shall supplement traditional funding sources and may not be used as a substitute to solve short-term state budget problems. This is not another pot of money elected officials may raid whenever they face tough choices.

Solving the budget deficit is about funding priorities, and the voters of Minnesota have placed a high priority on Minnesotas lakes, rivers and streams; natural areas; wildlife habitat; and parks and trails by overwhelmingly passing the Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment.

Now it is up to all of us to remind lawmakers that protecting our lakes, rivers, streams and Great Outdoors is an undisputable priority.

Send a message to your legislators and attend a Community Hearing in your area to make your voice heard!

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Protecting our lakes, rivers, streams and Great Outdoors is an undisputable priority


Dear Representative,

When Minnesota voters overwhelmingly supported the Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment, they sent a message loud and clear that protecting our lakes, rivers, streams and Great Outdoors is an undisputable priority.

But Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget disproportionately cuts funding for conservation and environmental agencies and programs they are slashed 23 percent, 10 times the overall reduction in the state general fund budget.

And general fund money for conservation and environmental programs is already at a 30-year low, making up just 1.2 percent of the general fund for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

As the Legislature addresses Minnesota's budget problems, please keep in mind that conservation and environmental general funds should not dip below the 2008-2009 level and that money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment may not be used as a substitute.

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