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The Power of Arts and the Environment

Star Tribune

There was a lot of exciting election news this year. In all of the flurry, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss this piece of interesting legislation that was approved by voters in Minnesota, where a collaborative effort involving 350 environmental, conservation, sportsmen, and arts groups managed to garner sufficient voter support to raise the state sales tax by 0.375% for the next 25 years. The resulting funds will be divided between outdoor habitat projects, clean water remediation, parks and trails, and arts projects. It is expected to provide $54 million a year in funding for the arts! (Of course, the economic downturn and reduced spending may make this number smaller, but surely the economic recovery will improve things before the 25 years are up!)

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