Outdoors groups plead: ‘Don’t raid legacy’

Sixty-six outdoors and conservation groups Wednesday asked Minnesota policymakers to not drain money for outdoors projects because of a $6.2 billion state budget deficit.

A letter sent to Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders urged them “to keep the faith with the voters of Minnesota who overwhelmingly passed the clean water, land and legacy constitutional amendment.”

“These 66 organizations are sending a clear message: ‘don’t raid our legacy’,” said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, the statewide coalition of environmental and conservation organizations.

“Some legislators have hinted that they are looking at the clean water, land and legacy funds as a way to help solve the state’s budget crisis,” said Dave Zentner of the Izaak Walton League of America. “Those funds are constitutionally dedicated. They can’t be tapped to fix the state’s budget problem.”

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