Voice your opinion on the future of environmental regulations

Dear Editor:

Elections are over and it’s time to get down to brass tacks. Last session, under Republican control, the legislature made an attempt to end the Environmental Control Board, questioning its usefulness and purpose.

The Governor, along with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, will be attempting to protect this agency, grow it and allow more intrusion into the businesses and private land owners of our state. It is expected that the upcoming Minnesota Environmental Citizen Forums culminating in the Minnesota Environmental Congress in March will increase the regulations on businesses that have an effect on the environment, leading to higher taxes and fewer jobs.

As a small business owner who deals with enough senseless and unreasonable regulations, this will not only affect my business but will pass down price increases to the home and land owners. Although mandating sewer updates and requiring road and ditch upgrades to some future wetland regulations would be good for my business, it will hurt the landowner’s finances. The threats to property rights and to your own pocketbook are critical.

If you are a farmer, small business owner or a land owner, I strongly encourage you to attend one of the upcoming free Citizen Forums being held around the state to voice your opinion on the future of environmental regulations in the State of Minnesota.

The Environmental Quality Board is giving us the opportunity to voice our opinion now. Every voice matters because this will affect the future of our state. The Statewide Environmental Congress event in March will gather state leaders for a one-day summit to discuss public feedback received at these six regional Citizen Forums and begin planning a blueprint for Minnesota’s environmental and economic future.

Please join me at one of the three remaining meetings to make your opinion heard.

• Worthington: Worthington High School, Dec. 10 – 3:30 to 6 p.m.

• St. Cloud: Stearns County Service Center, Dec. 12 – 5:30 to  8 p.m.

• Moorhead: Minnesota State University, Dec. 14 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

• Statewide Environmental Congress – Coming March 2013 (date and location TBD)

For more information or to RSVP, visit: http://mn.gov/EnvironmentalCongress/. Contact Anna Sherman with questions at 651-201-6607 or Anna.Sherman@state.mn.us.

John DeGray
Owner, Grasston Excavating and Landscaping
Grasston

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