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SUCCESS! Update From ATVAM - MN Governor Dipping Into Dedicated Funds

March 02, 2010 7:00 AM


SUCCESS! Update From ATVAM - MN Governor Dipping Into Dedicated Funds

Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,

Just a quick update from the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) to the alert we sent out this morning regarding the Minnesota Governor's proposal to take money from the ATV, Snowmobile and Boating account to try and balance the state budget.

Thanks for all your good work,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


March 1, 2010

The 2010 Minnesota Legislative Session is off to a fast and furious start. As the legislature decides how to reconcile their differences with the Governor and close a $1.2 billion deficit most would think that OHV users would be an afterthought, but that has been far from the case.

The Governor released his supplemental budget and as you may have seen in the ATVAM email alert that was sent out it included using $407,000 from the ATV dedicated fund to be transferred to the general fund to fill the budget gap.  This would be a precedent that would put our dedicated funds at risk now, and in the future of being used for things that did not advance the sport.
Through your actions it was soon discovered by DNR that the money being used from the ATV and Snowmobiles accounts were not meant to be in the final version of the Governors supplemental budget and they were quickly removed.  This means that our funds, for the time being are safe.


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