Conservationsists watching lawmakers

Conservation and environmental advocates are watching Minnesota lawmakers to make sure they properly spend tax money that is dedicated to the outdoors.

Proponents of the voter-approved constitutional amendment dedicating a statewide sales tax increase to the outdoors, parks and the arts said Thursday that they generally like how legislators are preparing the amendment’s first spending package.

However, they warn that in the legislative session’s closing weeks there could be attempts to change the spending plans and to cut traditional outdoors funding sources because of the new dedicated dollars.

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