Normally, as a retail store, we aren’t very keen on sales tax increases. But we are not blind to the needs of the environment, and, just like our other environmental commitments of having a wind-powered store, carbon neutral website, and tree planting program, we think every little bit helps. So we are supporting this amendment because the need is so great.
The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will appear this way on your 2008 election ballot:
Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage, and Natural Areas
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, steams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?
and here’s a bit more detail about how it will all be split up:
IF APPROVED …
Where the $270 million would go:
Fish and wildlife: 33 percent Habitat supporting game and non-game wildlife and fish would be enhanced and conserved.
Parks and trails: 14.25 percent Biking and hiking trails, along with city, county, regional and state parks would benefit.
Clean water: 33 percent Polluted rivers and lakes would be targeted, as would drinking and waste water treatment.
Arts and culture: 19.75 percent The State Arts Board likely would distribute much of the funds, as it does now with state allocated arts money.