An 11th-hour move to shift habitat funds divides panel

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2009 - 10:15 PM

Some members of a legislative-citizens commission want lottery money used to create jobs.

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noinkJan. 23, 0910:48 PM

That is why I voted against the new Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN! The amendment, passed by voters last fall, raises the state sales tax by 3/8 of 1 percent. Those dollars aren't supposed to supplant existing natural resource funding.

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jsdlminnJan. 23, 0910:57 PM

Well said, noink. And from the article, it looks like the citizens on the committee aren't buying it.

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brodie276Jan. 24, 09 2:23 AM

I voted for the amendment, because I thought what took place in this article was happening more and more. Somehow people with good ideals get into office and suddenly find themselves being the saviour to all. I will take care of myself and I want to take care of those that can't, but I need the gov't to look out for our land, air and water. It is a difficult task, but job creation is NOT the gov't responsibility. IMHO.

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the_vfoxJan. 24, 09 3:58 AM

against the amendment like noink for the same reason. And now the predictions are coming true.

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bernice3Jan. 24, 09 6:27 AM

making it a criminal offense to transfer ANY dedicated funds (whether raised through a constitutional amendment or other means - like the anti-smoking tobacco fund and MinnesotaCare insurance premiums paid by low-wage workers). This would, for instance, leave the governor open to impeachment if he ever again used dedicated funds for any other purpose instead of restoring Minnesota's progressive income tax structure.

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the_vfoxJan. 24, 09 6:36 AM

about an amendment for a flat tax. 1.00 of income taxed at 3 cents for everyone, no freeloaders. I hate that phrase " progressive tax structure " , which means more money out my pocket for freeloaders.

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utilityJan. 24, 09 6:56 AM

Minnesotans voted for our level of commitment, it was in the tax. Keep those funds directed properly and tighten the belt elsewhere. And skip the solar crap in Minnesota - the technology is not appropriate for our latitude and weather. There are a few Democratic operatives that have started consulting companies that would unduly profit. Smells like Chicago.

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millarscorJan. 24, 09 7:18 AM

Those funds are dedicated funds. Keep them dedicated to the purpose for which they were intended when we voted for the measure. On the other hand, everyone knows the definition of a commission with 17 members. "A government entity with 17 bellies, 17 hands out and 0 brains"

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mnborn2Jan. 24, 09 7:56 AM

When the lottery was approved years ago, 50% of the proceeds were supposed to go to the Minnesota Environmental Resources. They have been chipping away at this for years. Then comes the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. This was not intended to replace the preceeds from the lottery, it was supposed to add to it. WHO DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING?

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trice01Jan. 24, 09 8:10 AM

Twice Minnesotans have voluntarily increased our contributions to the environment by creating the Lottery and passing the sales tax amendment, and now we have politicians lining up with creative ways to loot both. Why do we keep trusting these sleazebags? Living here is starting to feel like an endless episode of "Punked".

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