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The budgeting process for the state’s next biennium (July 2013 – June 2015) got into full swing yesterday as Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget proposal this week that shows he recognizes the importance of our parks and trails, as he has increased the general fund appropriation by $4.5 million over last biennium. Such an increase is an important step in the right direction, especially with the...
by Susan Hegarty: Mn House Public Info You might not notice Bob and Pat Tammen sitting in the House hearing rooms. Bob, clothed in a crisp, pressed dress shirt and necktie, blends in with the lobbyists, deputy commissioners and expert testifiers. Pat sits next to her husband, alert to the day’s agenda.  The Tammens are not on anybody’s political payroll, nor are they required to hear or give...
St. Paul, Minn. — An environmental group says some money from the outdoor Legacy amendment has been spent inefficiently. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy audited more than 100 projects paid for with Legacy money -- all of which were supervised by the Board of Water and Soil Resources. It found cases in which projects addressed problems that hadn't been clearly defined, or didn't...