Raid on Environmental Trust Fund

One of the bills which passed in the final hours of the MN legislative session was a bonding bill to which the LCCMR/ENRTF bill was amended.  The bill includes a raid on funds in the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), which are constitutionally dedicated for environmental purposes.  Here is a link to Dennis Anderson’s article in today’s StarTribune summarizing this issue:

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-s-republican-leaders-have-outdoors-fund-headed-in-wrong-direction/483404131/

 

This raid sets a dangerous precedent and diverts many millions of ENRTF funds every year for the next 20 years.  At this time it is not known whether or not Governor Dayton will veto this bill to preserve the integrity of the ENRTF or for other reasons related to bonding.  Governor Dayton has until June 3 to decide.  Stay tuned.