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Outdoors funding advocates -- including Steve Morse of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, left, and Duluth resident Dave Zentner of the Izaak Walton League -- say they are watching closely how lawmakers handle recommendations for spending new sales tax revenue on habitat conservation and water cleanup projects. Photo by Scott Wente

Conservationists watching lawmakers' actions

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ST. PAUL - 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.

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