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Your Opinion: Bring Conservation under legislative process

by Clayton and Barbara Hill, Jefferson City | January 11, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. | Updated January 11, 2015 at 5:10 p.m.

Dear Editor:

This is a response to Wednesday's News Tribune opinion: "Legislative Review of the Conservation Department is Meddlesome and Unnecessary."

Not hardly. The primary purpose of the state Legislature is to make, amend and repeal laws as necessary, and to fund the state government through the budgetary process which includes the governor.

If that process is unnecessary and meddlesome, why not provide other constitutional amendments to impose "penny" sales taxes for Departments of Corrections, Social Services, Administration, and all others "right down-the-line?" That way our representatives and governor can have no control of funding, and we can be just like the monstrosity in D.C. where unchecked bureaucrats rule us.

No, we say all monies spent by state government entities should be appropriated by the legislative process. The Department of Conservation serves worthy purposes, but no more worthy purposes than other state departments and agencies. The people made a big mistake in 1976 by wrongly amending our state constitution to "super-fund" one state department - let's correct that now!

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