Rep. Steve Green
It seems like just yesterday the Republican-controlled Legislature was approving the largest package of tax relief for Minnesotans in nearly two decades and also making the largest investment in roads and bridges in state history without a gas tax increase.
At recent League of Women Voters forum in Park Rapids, a question came up regarding voter fraud. It was not part of the schedule and I did not have actual numbers with me. So when asked, I recalled there were indications of fraud in the 2008 elections. I mentioned the number 24,000 returned new registration cards that could not be delivered. Because there have been comments over this statement, I asked for and received, numbers from the Minnesota Secretary of State's (SOS) Office.
A meeting took place in our district a couple of weeks ago where some important questions arose regarding the use of Legacy and Clean Water Funds. Without much comment, I will simply give some facts about the where Legacy dollars are being spent, which will hopefully address some of the questions that were asked.
In 2008, a constitutional amendment was placed on the ballot to be vote on by Minnesotans. The text of the measure as it appeared on the ballot read as follows: This was known as the Legacy Amendment, and it was passed by Minnesotans in 2008. The current total funding for Legacy projects for a 2-year period will be roughly $670 million, and two thirds of the funds are allocated biannually. One third of this funding goes through the Outdoor Heritage Fund and is split in half to be allocated annually.