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April Public Meeting on Earth Day: Phyllis Kahn, the Minnesota Legacy Amendment
Announcing our April Public Meeting: The Minnesota Legacy Amendment Guest Speaker: Former MN State Rep. Phyllis Kahn In 2008, Minnesota’s voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) to the Minnesota Constitution to: protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The Legacy Amendment increases the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent beginning on July 1, 2009 and continuing until 2034. The additional sales tax revenue is distributed into four funds as follows: 33 percent to the clean water fund; 33 percent to the outdoor heritage fund; 19.75 percent to the arts and cultural heritage fund; and 14.25 percent to the parks and trails fund. Before this state constitutional amendment could be put before the voters it had to pass the Minnesota State legislature. One of the bill’s supporters in the Minnesota House of Representatives was (now former) Rep. Phyllis Kahn. Rep. Kahn went on to chair the Legacy Funding Committee, which oversees appropriations. Since our meeting date this month coincides with Earth Day, we thought it would be a good idea to invite Rep. Phyllis Kahn to tell us a bit about the history of this pro-environment and pro-arts amendment, including how it garnered bipartisan support and passed during tough economic times. Rep. Kahn is an avid bicyclist and supporter of the arts. She was also the first legislator to ever speak at our annual Day of Reason at the Minnesota State Capitol. Schedule: 1:00 p.m. – Doors open 1:15 p.m. – Business meeting 1:45 p.m. – Social time 2:00 p.m. – Presentation 4:00 p.m. – Dinner at Hoa Bien, 1105 University Ave W, St Paul

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