Vote YES For The Outdoors

As you might have heard, after nine years of debate, the Minnesota Legislature finally passed a bill on Valentine’s Day to put a question on the ballot this November asking voters to permanently fund conservation and the arts. I have addressed the issue before, in two posts last year regarding whether or not funding for the arts should be included with the conservation funding. That issue is moot now, as the bill does include both causes.

Unfortunately, a recent survey found that only 32 percent of Minnesotans approved of the amendment and 64 percent said it was a bad idea. That doesn’t leave many undecideds. Which means there is a steep hill to climb for those who would like to leave a legacy of unspoiled woods and waters for future generations.

My small contribution to that effort is this bumper sticker:

Vote YES For The Outdoors bumper sticker

You can slap one on your car for a mere $6.00. Thanks to Sam for designing that spiffy checkbox. And thanks to the National Park Service for making so many of their map symbols available as a downloadable font.

Yes, it only addresses half of the purpose of the amendment, flat-out ignoring the arts, but for now I feel like it’s best to keep the message simple. I haven’t quite figured out who’s in charge of the fight to pass the amendment, but once I do, all proceeds will be donated to that group.

3 thoughts on “Vote YES For The Outdoors

  1. Andy

    Like the bumper-sticker; a positive approach. I still marvel at how despite all the environmental awareness spread in recent years, we still see figures like this, especially in Minnesota.

  2. dharma bum Post author

    Thanks Andy! I have a hard time believing those types of numbers too. Unfortunately, as the article implies, I’m afraid that part of the reason might be the recent tax increase included in the transportation bill. People don’t have much appetite for another increase, but I hope the case can be made that it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to preserve our woods and waters now than to lose and spoil them and try to clean them up later.

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