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How new sales tax will be spent

ST. PAUL - Money appropriated, along with examples of how it will be spent, for the next two years from a higher sales tax voters approved last November:

    Outdoors heritage, $159 million

    ($71 million not spent)

  • Preserve northern Minnesota forest by buying rights to prevent development, $36 million
  • Protect and restore wetlands, $21 million
  • Protect grassland and prairie areas, $14 million
  • Improve game and wildlife habitat, $14 million

    Clean water, $151 million

  • Testing water for pollution and related activities, $66 million
  • Preventing runoff pollution, $47 million
  • Sewage treatment, $33 million

    Parks and trails, $65 million

  • State parks, $28 million
  • Twin Cities parks, $28 million
  • Regional parks, $9 million

    Arts and heritage, $93 million

  • Arts education, access, $43 million
  • Historical Society, $22 million
  • Public broadcasting, children's and science museums, zoos, $14 million
  • Regional libraries, $9 million
  • Dakota and Ojibwe language preservation, $2 million
  • Ethnic and culture programs, $2 million

Source: Minnesota Legislature

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.