For the past three years, parks professionals from Greater Minnesota have been working together to better represent their system of parks and trails at the Capitol. They have made important strides in coordinating their efforts across vast distances. And now they want the Legislature to make their efforts official through the creation of a representative Commission appointed by the governor.
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.