Many parts of the state budget impact conservation, and until 2002, even the legislators voting on the budgets didn’t have a complete picture. That’s the year Conservation Minnesota put together the first comprehensive analysis of the multiple agencies, dedicated funds, and bonding initiatives that make up the state’s commitment to protecting our natural resources. Our analysis first revealed the fact that conservation spending had reached a 30 year low, motivating Minnesotans to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The report now serves as a primary data source for the media, legislators, organizations and state government departments in setting annual priorities.
January 2016 – A Clean Water Future? Impact of the 2015 Legislative Session on Conservation in Minnesota and Summary of the Governor’s 2016 Bonding Recommendations
December 2014 – Challenges Ahead: Summary of Conservation Funding in Minnesota after the 2014 Legislative Session
March 2014 – Balancing the Books: Conservation Funding in Minnesota After the 2013 Legislative Session and Summary of the Governor’s 2014 Proposed Capital Budget
February 2013 – No Raids, No Shifts, No Gimmicks: Trends and Proposed State Funding for Conservation and the Arts and Recommendations to the Legislature
January 2012 – If It Looks Like a Duck: Minnesota’s Budget for Conservation & Environment and Allocation of Legacy Funds After the 2011 Legislative Session
March 2011 – Weathering the Storm: Summary of Governor Dayton’s First Biennial Budge for Conservation & the Environment
January 2011 – Building A Legacy: Minnesota’s Budget for Conservation and the Arts and Allocation of Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Funds After the 2010 Legislative Session