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Reader Opinion: Water, the political poster child

I see Gov. Dayton is asking for another $220 million for "clean water." http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/state/3924632-dayton-wants-220-million-effort-clean-minnesota-water Sound familiar? It should. In 2008 voters passed the controversial Cl...

I see Gov. Dayton is asking for another $220 million for "clean water."

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/state/3924632-dayton-wants-220-million-effort-clean-minnesota-water

Sound familiar? It should.

In 2008 voters passed the controversial Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

That amendment raised sales and use taxes on citizens for 25 years, and was directed towards environmental issues, and specifically, to the Clean Water Fund, via the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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According to the MDA, "The goal of the fund is to protect, enhance and restore Minnesota's lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater."

For 2014-15, that fund amounted to $179.43 million. That's for one year, folks.

Shouldn't someone remind Dayton that we were sucked into the Clean Water Amendment to provide the revenue stream which pays for what he is now demanding an additional $220 million?

Of course, Dayton's demand also earmarks another $50 million for the un-elected bureaucrats of the Metropolitan Council.

I couldn't help but notice on the map in the photo showing "percentage of lakes safe for swimming" how many are in southern, rural ag counties, where the DFL already loads up the farmers with subsidies.

Wake up, Minnesotans. Water has been turned into another Political Poster Child. We were hoodwinked into passing an amendment to fund clean water, and another to fund road repairs. Somehow, that money just never got to where it was intended.

How many times must we pay to be dominated by leftist agendas?

Instead of paying more taxes, it's time to demand accountability from those who made promises to us they never intended to keep.

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Tony Bauer

Nisswa

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