The recent Minnesota legislative session was criticized as “do nothing,” but regrettably, that is not true. They passed the “School Trust Land Bill.” Since the Republicans irrationally and irresponsibly refuse to raise taxes to maintain the necessary government services that most citizens demand and deserve, other sources of revenue must be ferreted out. (Besides, that is, employing craven accounting gimmicks to delay the inevitable.) The “School Trust Lands Bill” specifically says the “DNR must give precedence to long-term economic return over protecting natural resources and recreational values” on those lands. Is it possible to be more short-sighted and foolish? Probably not. Fortunately we have an opportunity in November to clean house (and senate).
Peter M. Leschak
Side Lake, Minn.