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Committee sinks outdoors amendment

ST. PAUL - A plan dedicating funding to outdoors and arts programs came to a screeching halt in a Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday while it got a start in the House.

ST. PAUL - A plan dedicating funding to outdoors and arts programs came to a screeching halt in a Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday while it got a start in the House.

The mixed message left in question the future of the bill amending the state Constitution to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent for outdoors, clean-water and arts programs.

Supporters thought they had enough votes for the measure to pass the Senate Taxes Committee Tuesday, but it failed 8-5, with four Democrats joining the panel's four Republicans in opposing it.

Davis writes for Forum Communication Co., which owns the Grand Forks Herald.

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