Legacy Amendment Spending Hard To Track

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Two years after Minnesotans approved a three-eighths-cent sales tax to preserve their lakes, parks and cultural heritage, the public still can’t easily track where the money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is going.

Now the St. Cloud Times reports that state officials are building a web site to serve as a central online resource for taxpayers to look up Legacy projects. It is expected to go live next month.

Lawmakers have allocated $400 million for projects in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Officials with the Legislative Coordinating Commission, which is building the site, say it will be missing information on many Legacy projects, at least at first.

They say the problem is the number of agencies administering the projects. There are 17 of them.

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  • Kevin

    Gosh no accountabliity or tracability ?? Who would have see that one coming???I am sure glad my lakes and parks are now have clean water…..

  • Ellen

    I voted against the amendent, and II’m not suprised at the waste and lack of
    accountability! Especially irritating is the arts and cultural aspects of it…
    which were kept under the radar in the days before the voting. In the
    newspapers there is coverage of regular arts and cultural presentations
    at local libraries and school. What a waste of moneyl All it does is
    subsidize the people doing it, and if they can’t make an honest living
    in their career then find another career! Minnesotans don’t like our high
    taxes, and yet a majority of them voted for the extra taxation….MORONS!

  • Mark from MNtaxwaste

    This is why I do what I do, wasted tax payer money. is all around us. If you know anymore of this waste please email me mark@mntaxwaste.com I have followed up on many of the reports I get from readers, and plan on exposing many more millions of your money going down the toilet.

  • Shane Gillespie

    Your website doesn’t work. http://www.mntaxwaste.org

  • paab

    Every time the elected officials want money for a voiceless entity, i.e. the lakes and parks, that is a clue they are misapropriating the money, don’t let this rest folks call your elected officials, every dime of tax payer money should be able to be accounted for in a split second, not months and weeks from now with made up expenditures. Get the breakdown, hey what ever happened to the tobacco billions??

  • Mark from MNtaxwaste

    If this story makes you mad, and you know of other weasted Tax Monsy (Your Money) please visit http://mntaxwaste.blogspot.com or email mark @mntaxwaste.com

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