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 â€œto keep the faith with the voters of Minnesota who overwhelmingly passed the clean water, land and legacy constitutional amendment.â€
â€œThese 66 organizations are sending a clear message: â€˜donâ€™t raid our legacyâ€™,â€ said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, the statewide coalition of environmental and conservation organizations.
â€œSome legislators have hinted that they are looking at the clean water, land and legacy funds as a way to help solve the stateâ€™s budget crisis,â€ said Dave Zentner of the Izaak Walton League of America. â€œThose funds are constitutionally dedicated. They canâ€™t be tapped to fix the stateâ€™s budget problem.â€