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Gov. Dayton Issues Line-Item Vetoes in LCCMR Bill

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Saint Paul, MN- Governor Dayton Line-Item has vetoed provisions within the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota’s Resources (LCCMR) appropriations bill. Representative Rick Hansen (DFL- South Saint Paul) submitted a letter to Governor Dayton requesting the veto due to the earmarks for specific special interests and a significant lack of review for appropriations dedicated to these special interests. A copy of the letter to Governor Dayton is attached.

Hansen released the following statement:

“Recently when Republicans have been in control of the House, they have manipulated the LCCMR. The House GOP’s continued mismanagement of these Constitutional funds should not go unchallenged. Hopefully the line-item vetoes will help prevent future mischief to the LCCMR and its proven processes. I was glad Governor Dayton took my comments, as well as others, into consideration when making his decision to line-item veto portions of the LCCMR appropriations bill.”

In his letter, Hansen specifically lists the earmarked projects as:

  • Aggregate Mapping ($1.5 million-DNR)

  • Douglas County Park ($400,000-Douglas County)

  • Ambassador Wild Animals Environmental Education Program ($500,000-Wildlife Science Center)