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Minnesotans: Call Governor Dayton NOW.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 17, 2015

Sally Jo Sorensen has the deets:

 Bobby King of the Land Stewardship Project sends us this alert:

 

The legislature decided that instead of weakening the MPCA Citizens’ Board they would outright ELIMINATE it.  This outrageous idea, which was not introduced as a bill or heard previously in any committee, was unveiled late Saturday night and adopted in conference committee. Forty seven years old, the Citizens’ Board was established in 1967 with the creation of the MPCA to ensure the agency serves the public interest and to establish an open and transparent decision making process.  It has worked will and is a model the state should be proud of.

 

This language is included in the Agriculture and Environment Budget Bill along with many other bad provisions, including a sham buffer program that puts off addressing the issue of dealing with agricultural runoff.  Read more in this letter from the Minnesota Environmental Partnership to legislators.

 

There is negotiating going on now to potentially take some of the bad provisions out of the bill.  We need calls to the Governor’s office now to keep this on his radar.

 

Call Gov. Dayton at 651-201-3400 or 800-657-3717 and say “The Ag and Env Budget bills ELIMINATES the MPCA Citizens’ Board.  This is a terrible idea. The Citizens’ Board has been around for over 40 years and creates an open and transparent decision making process that helps guard against undue corporate influence. This entirely new proposal was adopted late at night and is outrageous.  Governor veto this if it is sent to you.”

 

Also, leave him a message on Facebook. [Click here to visit his official Facebook page]

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