In 2008, the people of Minnesota voted overwhelmingly for the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Amendment is both the largest state conservation measure and the largest state arts funding measure in U.S. history. It only happened because Minnesotans, even during a recession and economic crisis, voted to raise their own taxes to protect the things that make our state unique and special.
Prior to 2008, arts and conservation funding in Minnesota was at a 30-year low. In the five years since the Amendment was passed, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in Minnesota’s future through cultural and environmental programs and projects.
While Conservation Minnesota was a key player in creating support for and passing the Amendment, our work is not done. In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, we monitor Legacy Funding to make sure that the money is distributed to conservation and arts projects as the law was intended. We also work to make sure that funds are not diverted from traditional sources.
The Legacy Funding is already benefitting every county in the state. Through press tours, Legacy Destinations, and highlighting the Amendment’s accomplishments, we can ensure that everyone knows their tax dollars are being used to make the state a better place to live for us and future generations.