Senator Simonson Response to Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill

St. Paul, Minn. – On Tuesday night, the Senate Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Bill, which cuts $57 million to vital state agencies like the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Board of Water and Soil Resources, as well as state assets like the Minnesota Zoo and Science Museum, passed off the Senate floor. In response, Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement:

“In a time of a budget surplus, there is no excuse in taking such an extreme approach that cuts vital services for supporting clean air and water for Minnesotans. Support for environment and natural resources should be a priority, and yet this bill will only diminish the ability of the state to serve the public. The cuts being made to the Pollution Control Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Board of Water and Soil Resources, and other regulatory bodies will have major ramifications in protecting our environment and will result in decreased water quality, increased pollution and threatens these agencies ability to fulfill their fundamental duties to our environment. For our area, it would directly threaten the cleanup of the St. Louis River Area of Concern by cutting state funds for this work putting additional federal funding at risk of being reassigned. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to push the Senate majority towards investing in our environment and natural resources instead of irresponsible cuts.”

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Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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