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Daily Subscription Msg 31 Posted: 11:21 AM 03/04/08 (CST)
Boy, this topic got buried fast. Just like a bunch of ostriches...


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Daily Subscription Msg 32 Posted: 04:56 PM 03/04/08 (CST)
Good post Webdude.

I am in favor of the bill in principle like I am sure most of you. But I to share some of your skepticism about where the money will finally end up. Thats always something the voters have very little power over after the bill is passed.

I think the odds of it passing are not very good now after the transportation bill passing. The wallets are going to get buried deeper then usual now. The government should have passed transportation bills years ago to fix the roads and plan for the future. It would have been cheaper and easier for the public to swallow small incremental increases in taxes instead of one large increase that was 20 years over due. I don't mind paying for the roads but I wish they government would be a little smarter about how they go about it and perhaps be a little proactive.


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Daily Subscription Msg 33 Posted: 10:40 PM 03/04/08 (CST)
If we vote against it our lakes and rivers get nothing. If we vote for it they won't get as much as they should but will get something. As poorly run as the Lottery has been it has still done a lot of good. When the Lottery started the internet and emails were in their infancy so communication was poor. Abuses couldn't be caught and exposed as easily as they can now. I voted against the Lottery every chance I got because of concerns about how the money would be spent but will vote for Dedicated Funding
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Daily Subscription Msg 34 Posted: 08:07 AM 03/07/08 (CST)
Well... it looks like we are getting some press on this, folks! Keep up the good work and remember... your voice CAN be heard!




Minnesota Fishing Communities Discuss Dedicated Funding and its Potential Impacts

(I-Newswire) - Minnesota Anglers are sharing mixed feelings regarding the proposed Dedicated Funding Amendment due on the ballot on November 4. The bill calls for a constitutional amendment raising the sales tax 3/8th of 1 percent and dedicate the $276 million in annual revenue to wildlife habitat, clean water, parks and the arts.

After a long 10 year battle the bill has finally found the legs to make its way to the ballot. While initially excited, some outdoor enthusiasts are critical of the spending proposal. Many remember the legislation passed for the state lottery in 1990 to be the miracle fix for the environment. Profits generated by the lottery were to fund the Game and Fish Fund, Natural Resources Fund and the Environmental Fund. Much of the lottery profit has been directed away from its intended environmental funds and Minnesotans are leary that history may repeat itself with the Dedicated Funding Bill.

The fishing community has gathered to discuss the issue in recent posts on My Fishing Pals' message forum, a local Minnesota website dedicated to the free exchange of ideas on fishing related topics. While most support the bill, all want governmental accountability. While Minnesotans strive to be good stewards of the land, they hope the government becomes good stewards of their tax dollars.

My Fishing Pals ( www.myfishingpals.com ) originated in 2003 as a hobby-fishing site that welcomes Minnesota fishermen to share fishing reports, information, and other items related to fishing. In 2005 a controversial forum was created on the site so that Minnesota fishermen could address fishing and hunting issues. These controversial forums have become an avenue for hunters and fishermen to voice their opinions and concerns and, at times, defend traditional Minnesota values.



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Daily Subscription Msg 35 Posted: 11:54 AM 03/07/08 (CST)
Here we go again! ooo smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 36 Posted: 01:23 PM 03/07/08 (CST)
I am glad to see that this is getting some press. The more we are educated, the better. People have a tendency to forget and even though I will probably vote for this, it still burns me that this is round two... AND that they will tack on the arts with it. The only reason they are tacking on the arts is that no one would vote for it if it was standing on the arts alone. Let the Guthrie Theater pay for there own stuff. I suppose if I want clean water, I'll have to pay for the actors too... what a convoluted way to run a state. mad smiley mad smiley crazy smiley crazy smiley mad smiley mad smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 37 Posted: 09:10 PM 03/08/08 (CST)
i know that many anglers do not like the idea of the town hall style meetings including myself, and i despise the fact that out anyone the dnr should be on our side, but to me it seems they are not. just this past summer there was a set of like 6 different proposed plans to change the way that the st croix scenic rivwerway is controlled and managed....the point being that they were trying to put the kabosh on being able to use the islands to camp on unless you buy a permit which was going to take a toll on how many people would actually take their boat out, in fact it was going to be alot less boaters i.e. alot less anglers...eventially we set up meetings and we had such a good turnout of people at THE TOWN HALL TYPE MEETING that the dnr actually overturned their proposed plans and are going to keep it the way it is and has been for the last 30 some odd years if not more....THE MAIN POINT BEING THAT WE CAN BE HEARD IF WE PUT A LITTLE EFFORT IN.



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Daily Subscription Msg 38 Posted: 10:28 PM 03/08/08 (CST)
Another thing about the transportation bill that was just passed. Most of it will go for mass transit. In other words, they sell you on the fact that we need to fix roads and bridges, and then lump the rail into the transportation budget.

Now let me ask you something... if the legislature put out on the ballot a bill that was to have the largest tax increase in the State of Minnesota go to light rail, would it have passed? Probably not. Remember, we didn't even get to vote on this one. Pawlenty saw the billion or so they were going to spend on light rail in the upcoming years and he put the kabosh on it, just like he said he would. The the legislature comes back and overturns his veto.

I can't wait 'til the next election. We need to get these bozos out of office, regardless of their political association. I heard this bill has now put us as the #1 taxed state in the nation... and now Pawlenty is trying to introduce some tax cuts to get us out of that stigma.

I said it before and I will say it again... what a convoluted way to run the state crazy smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 39 Posted: 11:30 AM 03/09/08 (CST)
Amen, BigBite...


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Daily Subscription Msg 40 Posted: 06:58 AM 03/10/08 (CST)
The government should live within its means, just like my family.
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