Senator Foung Hawj Hails Passage of the Legacy Budget Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus Legacy Supplemental Budget bill authored by Senator Foung Hawj (DFL – St. Paul). Senator Hawj serves as Chair of the Senate Environment, Climate and Legacy Committee. 

“This legislation will further the important work to protect our wetlands, fish, game and wildlife.” said Senator Foung Hawj. “Today we passed $5.79 million to address nitrates in groundwater and drinking water, including specific support for responding to the nitrate contamination crisis in southeast Minnesota. It also allocates $12 million towards efforts to deter the spread of invasive carp and protect our lakes, river, and native species.” 

“This bipartisan bill expands access to activities and equipment rentals for low-income Minnesotans and includes projects for communities and organizations across the entire state, from bills carried by DFLers and Republicans.” 

In 2008, Minnesota’s voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) to the Minnesota Constitution to: protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. 

The sales tax revenue generated from the amendment is distributed into four funds as follows: 33 percent to the Clean Water Fund; 33 percent to the Outdoor Heritage Fund; 19.75 percent to the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund; and 14.25 percent to the Parks and Trails Fund. 

The Legacy Amendment funds are divided into four different funds:   

·       Outdoor Heritage Funding: 48 projects totaling $192.711 million 

·       Clean Water Fund: 16 projects totaling $25.426 million 

·       Parks and Trails Fund: $9.108 million 

·       Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund: $12.209 million 

HF4124 passed the Senate floor on a 39-24 vote, and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

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Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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