If the last week is any indication of how much lawmakers are ready to invest in Minnesota’s parks and trails, then we may soon be able to celebrate some exciting new outdoor recreation opportunities. Over the past week, lawmakers have taken action on the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund, the General Fund budget and a bonding bill—all of which have direct implications on Minnesota’s parks and trails.
by Joe Bagnoli
With a May 20 deadline nearing, Minnesota legislators continue to focus on producing an overall state budget for fiscal years 2014 to 2015. As part of the process, the House and Senate recently released their spending targets, revealing minor differences from the Governor's proposed spending.
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. The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota always anxiously awaits this opening move as it sets the tone for how much our state parks and trails will receive to maintain and grow the system in the coming years.