In 1982, Minnesota passed the Minnesota Acid Deposition Control Act, requiring the state to lower sulfur dioxide emissions, and in doing so, raising state taxes.
Environmentally, Minnesota demonstrated a consciousness of acid rain that was well ahead of the national curve. Another eight years would elapse before federal provisions would be added to the Clean Air Act to specifically curtail acid rain. Economically, Minnesota’s Acid Deposition Control Act demonstrated a willingness to hike taxes during Reagan-era deregulation and tax cuts. Moreover, Minnesotans voted to raise taxes on a problem they knew was not exclusively native to their state -- various studies showed that much of the pollution behind acid rain came from neighboring states like Wisconsin and as far away as Texas.
This piece of legislation stands out: it was environmentally proactive and economically progressive. How and why did this law get passed?