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Chair, Members of the Committee. My name is Darrell Gerber. I’m the Natural Resources Associate at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.
Thank you for the opportunity to give input on HF707.
I would like to highlight what is being cut in order to move money from the general fund to the Clean Water Fund.
The big loser in this proposal are people who drink water. Some specific examples of the drinking water protections being cut:
Agricultural programs also take a big hit. This includes:
Despite the appearance of support for local governments, I’d like to close out by saying that they stand to lose the most by this proposal. Local governments stand on the front lines for water protection and restoration. Many of the programs I mentioned already directly assist local governments. Others worth noting are:
In a year where there is a $1.6 billion budget surplus it is disappointing to see an effort to remove over 12% of the Clean Water Fund in order to back fill cuts to the general fund.
We ask the committee to return to the latest Clean Water Council recommendations.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today.
(Testimony at the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee, March 27, 2017)