Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

S-N Editorial

At long last, it’s time to fund the trust

Fourteen years is a long time to ignore the will of the people. In Iowa, lawmakers don’t seem to mind.

The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund was established by popular demand in 2010. Back then, 62 percent of Iowa voters agreed this constitutionally-protected fund was needed to generate additional revenue for natural resources and conservation projects. Several lawmakers over the years have proposed using the hypothetical revenue to fund new water quality initiatives that help fix Iowa’s polluted lakes, streams and rivers. Unfortunately, the Republican majority in Des Moines...