Action Alert: Pass a clean Environmental Trust Fund Bill

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As the Minnesota Legislature heads into a special session, the fate of the Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) bill hangs in the balance.

Our ask today is simple: please reach out to your legislators and ask them to pass a clean environment trust fund bill as a standalone package, rather than try to include it in a larger omnibus bill.

The environment trust fund was established by Minnesota voters in 1988 “for the public purpose of protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources." 

Over the years, the fund has invested in over 1,700 research and conservation projects across the state.

After months of disputes, confusion and controversy, legislative leadership in both the House and Senate finalized “clean” Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriation bills that both sides could support during the regular session that ended in May. 

Unfortunately, the bills were then included as part of a much larger, highly controversial Omnibus Environment Bill that failed to pass during the regular session and will likely fail to pass in the special session as well.

If that doesn't change, Minnesota will go without $64 million in much-needed environmental projects this year. 

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Lawmakers tell us that the more personal a message is, the more influence it has. So please take a minute or two to personalize your comments!