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