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Our letter to Gov. Dayton on the Environmental Trust Fund raid

FMR and our allies urge Gov. Mark Dayton to veto the raid of Minnesota's environment trust fund. Learn more from the Star Tribune or FMR's Legislative Updates blog.  >>

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The 2018 bonding bill: What’s in, what’s out and what trust fund got raided to pay for it

The House and Senate passed a final state bonding bill in the final weekend of the session. While the overall bill includes some excellent projects, the overall bill includes a massive $98 million raid to the state's Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and $500,000 for regulated polluters to provide “oversight” of their own state regulators. >>

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White Bear Lake legal ruling suspended by Legislature

New legislation has been signed into law that prevents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from complying with a  judge’s court-ordered conservation measures for White Bear Lake. >>

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Bad to worse: Raid on Environmental Trust Fund balloons to $98 million!

In an unprecedented move, a much-feared $47 million-dollar raid on the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund ballooned to a $98-million raid in the Minnesota legislative session’s final hours. >>

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Action alert: Protect MN's Environment Trust Fund!

It's the last week of Minnesota's 2018 legislative session and your support is needed! Ask Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators to protect Minnesota's Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. >>

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House & Senate eye raid on Environment Trust Fund

We have a new leader in the clubhouse for bad ideas this legislative session: The Minnesota House and Senate are looking to raid $47 million from the state’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund to pay debt service on bonding projects! >>

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Star Tribune details the Legislature’s White Bear Lake bill

Recommended reading: Check out this well-done Star Tribune article about our Legislature’s effort to suspend a judge’s ruling that requires state and local action to protect groundwater in the north and east metro. >>

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Action alert: Urge 5 changes to MN bonding bill

It's the last week of Minnesota's 2018 legislative session and your support is needed! Ask Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators to make five changes to the bonding bill to better support clean water and parks. >>

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