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Spending Valentine’s Day with the Outdoors, Arts, Environment

The Senate and the House passed a bill Thursday to let voters decide whether to amend the Constitution to increase the sales tax by 3/8ths of 1 percent in order to fund the outdoors, the arts and the environment, reported the Star Tribune.

The bill, also called “The Great Outdoors and Heritage Amendment? by groups such as Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, was passed by 85-46 in the House and by 46-17 in the Senate.

According to the Star Tribune, if the amendment is approved, $54.5 million, $91.1 million, $39.3 million, $91.1 million and $4.5 million would be dedicated to the arts, the outdoors, parks and trails, a clean water fund and sustainable drinking water programs each year for the next 25 years.

If approved, the sales tax increase would go into effect July 1, 2009.