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Advocacy News

June 5, 2019
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2019 Legislative Session Recap

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up with Gov. Tim Walz signing the omnibus budget bills into law on May 31. Despite some unsettling moments in the midst of session, when the Senate proposed drastic General Fund cuts, a compromise was eventually reached and it ended ...
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Minnesota State Capitol Dome
March 28, 2019
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2019 Day on the Hill Recap

We had a great day as supporters from all around the state gathered for our annual Day on the Hill event on March 27. Minnesota State Parks and Trails budget is a primary concern for this year's legislative session. Additionally, we continue to advocate that ...
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Group of 50+ people grouped around table with Park & Trails Council logo
March 5, 2019
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Lake Vermilion: park development

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryBill Funding AmountStatus$9.5 millionFully funds P&TC's recommendation, but is designated for the development of an OHV campground, which we oppose. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF ...
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Campers settling in at new campground at Lake Vermilion
March 5, 2019
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Regional and Local Grants

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$1 million$2 million short of P&TC’s recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 654: Local recreation grants funding provided, and money appropriated. SF ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
March 5, 2019
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Metro Projects: capital improvements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$10 millionFully funding P&TC recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2163: Metropolitan Council regional park and open-space land acquisition and improvement funding ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
March 5, 2019
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State Parks: accessibility enhancements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$19.5 millionTBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed ...
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Accessible picnic table at Jay Cooke. Deborah Rose/MnDNR
March 5, 2019
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Preston-Forestville: trail extension

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent bill funding amountStatus$5 millionFully funding P&TC's recommendation. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 952: Root River State Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. ...
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Forested area at Forestville by Jessica Hayssen
March 5, 2019
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail plan

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$2 millionTBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Project ...
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March 5, 2019
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Mill Towns: trail development

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$500,000TBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed Project ...
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Boy biking trail through grasslands
March 5, 2019
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Heartland: trail spur

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$500,000TBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed Project ...
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
March 5, 2019
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Goodhue Pioneer: trail development

For acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing (an unfunded request from 2018).
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March 5, 2019
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Gitchi-Gami: trail development into Lutsen

Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.
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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
March 5, 2019
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Faribault-Northern Links: trail connection

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$750,000Fully funding P&TC's recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2172: Northern Links Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. SF 2160: ...
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vibrant colored photo of downtown Faribault
March 5, 2019
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Cannon Valley: trail improvements

For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure.
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Trail sign along Cannon Valley Trail
March 5, 2019
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Blazing Star: trail extension

Complete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State Park and to the city of Hayward.
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Blazing Star State Trail