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Chamber Opposes Conservation Amendment

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Measure petition currently being circulated in North Dakota.

The constitutional measure would commit an estimated $300-$400 million per biennium into a new fund and mandates 75 percent of the funds to be spent at the end of the biennium, regardless of whether projects are warranted.

“The Chamber is on record in support of responsible environmental stewardship. We supported the creation of the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was passed by legislature in 2013,” said Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney. “We feel this proposal is way too expensive and would have significant negative impacts on agriculture, economic development, education and taxes.”

The Chamber encourages its members to study any measure before they sign a petition and vote “no” on the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Measure if it is successful in securing a place on the North Dakota ballot.

“Frankly, I’d much rather see this kind of an investment in eliminating income taxes,” Whitney said.”

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