Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2013: Protect the Legacy Amendment


Thousands of Minnesotans like you have told us that a top priority is making sure the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funds are used only in ways the voters intended.  This is clearly a critical issue facing Minnesota and one that we must address now.  I want you to know that Conservation Minnesota is working hard this year to protect Legacy Amendment funds from diversion and misuse.

Here’s how:

  • We are working to make sure proposed changes to the state’s sales tax don’t result in reduced current or future funding for Legacy projects.
  • Just as we defeated using Legacy Amendment funds for the Vikings stadium in 2012, we will identify and defeat attempts to misuse or divert Legacy funds this year.
  • We are concerned that some of the Clean Water funds are not delivering the results Minnesotans wanted.  So, we are supporting passage of the Clean Water Legacy Effectiveness Act that requires the state to set priorities for water cleanup, requires water cleanup plans to have clear goals and benchmarks so that the public can easily see if state strategies are working, and eliminates conflicts of interest in the process.

Today, you can make a big difference in just a couple of minutes.  Please send a message to your State Representative and State Senator, asking them to help protect Legacy Amendment funds.  Follow the link here and send the pre-written letter, but feel free to add your own message as well.

Thanks so much for your help.  Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.



Paul Austin
Executive Director

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.

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