Conservation Minnesota

The Conservation Budget: Staggering cuts + bad policy = bleak outlook

The longest government shutdown in Minnesota history ended with no new revenue to offset deep cuts to our water, land and air. The General Fund budget includes: Metropolitan Parks cut 10.1%, Department of Natural Resources cut 11.2%, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) cut 12.8%, the Minnesota Conservation Corps cut 32.7% and the Pollution Control Agency cut an astounding 40.4%. Adding insult to injury, several bad policy provisions found their way into the final bill despite Governor Dayton’s “no policy” condition. Most notably, it’s now easier for feedlots to receive permits without having to prove they won’t harm nearby lakes, rivers and streams. Capitol and policy wonks can link to all 71 sections of the budget here.

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