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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, 2018

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, 2018

House & Senate offer $825 million bonding proposals

In January, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5 billion capital investment or "bonding" bill. Dubbed the “Jobs Bill,” the package included much-needed investments in Minnesota’s water resources, including drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for communities across the state. >>

May 10, 2018

Great news: Governor vetoes wild rice bill!

Gov. Mark Dayton has fulfilled his promise to veto the wild rice bill (HF 3280)!

The bill would have abolished a longstanding state water quality sulfites standard. It would have violated the federal Clean Water Act, inevitably inviting litigation and turmoil into an already challenging situation. >>

May 9, 2018

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