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A change in the state constitution will provide extra funding to outdoors and conservation projects. West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn., file photo

Extra dollars for outdoors, arts raises some questions

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ST. PAUL -- A change in Minnesota's Constitution will soon mean up to $300 million in new money annually for conservation, water quality, parks and arts programs -- and that's on top of what those programs already receive. Or is it?

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With lawmakers trying to address a $4.8 billion budget deficit, the groups that fought for the amendment are reminding them of a provision in the law: The new money must not simply substitute traditional funding.

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