INVESTING IN MINNESOTA’S FUTURE – 2013 Legislative Results
Greatly Expanded Ground Water Monitoring and Management, Paid For with State General Funds.
- The legislature appropriated additional general funds to add hydrologists, expand the number of groundwater monitoring wells in Minnesota from the current 800, as well as map and manage better the state’s groundwater resources. The DNR estimates 7,000 monitoring wells are needed.
- MEP groups support using water fees or General Funds for this work, rather than Clean Water Funds.
Total General Fund Support Up For Minnesota’s Five Environmental Agencies.
- General fund appropriations by the legislature to the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, the Pollution Control Agency, and the Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) rose by about $25 Million total for the coming biennium.
Unfinished Business: Transit Funding - Missed Opportunity Disappoints Metro and Greater Minnesota.
- The legislature failed to pass Transit For a Stronger Economy legislation which would have provided consistent and greatly expanded transit funding in the Metro and Greater Minnesota, for the purpose of completing a modern transit system with 15 years.