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Daily Subscription Msg 61 Posted: 11:47 AM 09/23/08 (CST)
Speaking of the dedicated funding thing... how long should I keep the vote up? Until the real vote?



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Daily Subscription Msg 62 Posted: 09:33 AM 09/26/08 (CST)
Excellent article on this...

http://www.twincities.com/ci_10561116?nclick_check=1




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Daily Subscription Msg 63 Posted: 11:53 AM 10/06/08 (CST)
Just thought I would throw this in the mix. The original bill called for appropriating existing funds. Now it appears that they have tweaked the bill a bit to include a tax increase... of course...

"As leverage to gain votes, supporters have enlarged the plan to include money for clean water, enhanced prairies and forests, better fish and game habitat, parks, trails, arts and history programs — and now propose to increase taxes instead of taking funds out of existing taxes.

The state Revenue Department estimates the tax increase, scheduled to begin next July 1, would bring in $11 billion during the amendment’s 25-year life.

Supporters emphasize the politically popular outdoors part of the amendment, downplaying the more controversial arts funding, saying arts only would receive 20 percent of the new money."

More taxes... yippee skippee...

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Daily Subscription Msg 64 Posted: 07:24 AM 10/27/08 (CST)
I haven't seen any new votes on our poll for dedicated funding for the past week. I am going to take it down after today. So far we have the following info...

176 Voted Yes
93 Voted No
269 Total Votes

It will be intersting to see how close this matches to the actual vote that's going to happen on the election on Tuesday.




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Daily Subscription Msg 65 Posted: 07:44 AM 10/27/08 (CST)
I think this one is really up in the air, I give it no better then 50-50 odds of passing. Its hard to get a new tax passed when so many people are having financial concerns right now.

If it doesn't pass this time we can always try again, of course it will probably take another 10 years.




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Daily Subscription Msg 66 Posted: 06:30 AM 10/30/08 (CST)
I am a little ticked off at an article posted by the Star and Sickle. Two quotes in the article are absolutely not true. First is...

"Lottery revenue never was considered the cure for state environmental and natural resource problems and contributes just a small share."

Well, let me tell you that when legislation was passed for the lottery, it WAS sold as the panacea that would fund natural resources.

Next is...

"It's because even supporters say the lottery hasn't been -- and was never intended to be -- a panacea to deal with the many environmental and natural resource issues facing the state. Fewer than 12 cents of every dollar spent on the lottery goes to natural resources. Sixty-five cents goes to prizes and commissions, and almost 15 cents goes into the state's general fund."

Notice that they say that the supporters say the lotterry hasn't been... WELL OF COURSE THE SUPPORTERS WOULD SAY THAT!!! They want to pass their new bill! Also, the reason that fewer then 12 cents goes to natural resources is because the legislature began making changes in it almost before the first ticket was sold. The original allocation remained in effect only for fiscal 1990, the lottery's first year of operation. For fiscal 1991, the legislature reduced the environmental trust fund's share from 50 percent to 40 percent and the Greater Minnesota fund's share from 50 percent to 25 percent.
"...behind closed doors, for the next 10 years, the bill was reshaped, remolded, added to, and pretty much changed to where it is today. And where it is today is not where the original intent of the bill was back in 1990. In other words, yes they took our money, or rather the gamblers money, and decided to use it elsewhere. And now there is nothing we can do about that. And now that that money is gone, they are coming back to ask for more!"

And I am not sure of these numbers either. This is directly from the lottery website...



FISCAL YEAR 2007 REVENUE DISTRIBUTION

Total Revenue: $424.25 million

Net Profits to State Programs: $112.35 million


For every dollar spent on Lottery tickets in Fiscal Year 2007:

  • 59.0 cents went to pay prizes to winning players
  • 8.6 cents was used to pay ticket, online vendor and administrative costs
  • 6.0 cents was paid to retailers in the form of commission and incentives

The remaining 26.4 cents went to the state:

  • 14.8 cents to the state General Fund to support services such as K-12 education, health care, aid to local governments and public safety. Of this amount, $1.95 million was set aside to help combat problem gambling. From the Lottery’s inception through June 2007, $930.8 million has gone to the General Fund.
  • 7.0 cents to the Evironment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to finance projects that preserve, restore and enhance our state's natural resources. The Trust Fund is financing 29 projects, totaling $21.4 million, this for fiscal year 2008. From the start of the Lottery through June 2007, the Trust Fund has received more than $428 million.
  • 4.6 cents more to the state's environment which received a boost when the 2000 Legislature reallocated the in-lieu-of-sales tax. This money which was previously allocated to the General Fund now goes to fish and game, parks, trails and zoos.
    • 2.3 cents to the Game and Fish Fund
    • 2.3 cents to the Natural Resources Fund


Another quote from the article...

"The lottery just doesn't provide enough funds to address critical issues for natural resources," said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership and a former state legislator and Department of Natural Resources deputy commissioner. Morse also supports the constitutional amendment, noting it would generate nearly 10 times as much money as the lottery does for natural resources."

Duh?!?!? ooo smiley crazy smiley ooo smiley Of course is doesn't support the critical issues... THEY took the money and spent it elsewhere!!! These people must think we are stupid!

I give up, folks. The Star and Sickle is showing their true colors here. What ever happened to unbiased reporting? It seems to have gone away. This whole presedential campaign has ahown us that. Watch your wallet folks... it's going to be a rocky road ahead.

By the way, the article is here...

http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/33475769.html?elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aUnc5PDiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU







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Daily Subscription Msg 67 Posted: 03:27 PM 10/31/08 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 68 Posted: 11:18 AM 11/01/08 (CST)
That's even scarier then your Halloween post, Pier!

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Daily Subscription Msg 69 Posted: 11:13 PM 11/02/08 (CST)
Vote Yes



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Daily Subscription Msg 70 Posted: 11:11 AM 11/03/08 (CST)
or maybe vote no!

Anyway, please vote... whether it's passed or not, we all want our voices heard.




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