Floor Amendment to SF 2314—MN Senate’s Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Policy & Finance Bill
Traditionally, the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) is used to fund a limited number of environment and natural resource projects as recommended by the LCCMR. In the 2019 legislative session, the LCCMR reviewed hundreds of proposals and recommended 68 projects, totaling about $54 million, for funding.
The Senate Environment Omnibus bill (SF2314) proposed cutting General Fund dollars for the DNR’s state parks and trails programs by over $10 million and using LCCMR funds to fill the gap by reducing or eliminating numerous recommended projects.
An amendment was offered to undo the state parks and trails budget shift and restore the project recommendations of the LCCMR.
The amendment failed and the Senate passed a bill that included these shifts and cuts to natural resource projects.