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Trevor Russell

Our letter to Gov. Dayton: veto the Omnibus Ag Policy bill

FMR and some of our environmental allies co-signed a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton asking him to veto the Omnibus Agriculture Policy bill. While several positive items were included in the bill, language impairing the state’s ability to address sediment pollution warrants a veto by the governor.

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May 21, 2018


Dear Governor Dayton,

May 24

How groundwater and drinking water fared this session

Protecting drinking water and groundwater must be a top priority for Minnesota, and citizens expect this of their state government. Sadly, the legislative session has come and gone with no progress to show for it, paired with a threat to delay the state’s Groundwater Protection Rule.

This session, five major bills were introduced that (for better or worse) addressed groundwater and drinking water-related topics. >>

May 24

Our letter to Gov. Dayton: Please veto the Wild Rice bill

The "Wild Rice” bill, HF 3422, proposes limiting and even eliminating protections for wild rice, Minnesota's state grain. Although Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an earlier version of the bill, a revised version was passed and is awaiting gubernatorial action. This revised language does not represent a consensus and is opposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, environmental groups, and several tribal nations.

May 24

Star Tribune's Dennis Anderson: Enviro Trust Fund raid is 'contrary to what Minnesota voters approved'

FMR and the Star Tribune's Dennis Anderson agree: Raiding Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to service the debt on bonding projects is appalling.

Said Anderson, who opined on the issue from a sportsman's perspective: "In an unprecedented move and contrary to what Minnesota voters approved when they voted for the lottery, legislators this session cooked up a plan for the ENRTF to pay obligations on bonds the state will issue..."

May 23

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