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Leah Auckenthaler, Minneapolis
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Why my legislative proposal is sensible
Dennis Anderson’s fourth column on the House Legacy bill (“Kahn’s Legacy bill in limbo,” April 26) adopts a more civil tone.
My bill funds all of the Heritage Council’s recommendations, as Anderson suggests.
Anderson wants an annual rather than biennial appropriation process. Along with the fact that the rest of the state budget is biennial, it is particularly important for groups that need to start work early in the spring to have their funds before May, which is why a biennial appropriation works better.
Anderson has also moderated his objections to the 15 metro-area habitat proposals. However, the Heritage Council has a significant bias against the metro area. Protecting this area now pays immeasurable future benefits, and the projects are exclusively for habitat. The metro agencies provide more wildlife land protection in the metro area than the DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency combined! They are an important part of the Mississippi Flyway, the most important migratory route in Minnesota, the United States and the entire North American continent.
While Anderson indicates some support for the Fond du Lac project, his proposal reflects the reality of the dark history of sportsmen in opposition to treaty and tribal rights.
Anderson ignores the extra $10 million the House proposes to counter aquatic invasive species (AIS). To date, the cabin and lakeshore advocates’ request to counter AIS has been ignored by the council.
Also, an online comment responding to the last Anderson column advocated beating me up. This moves the discussion to a new low and a dangerous level for lawmaking.
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis
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