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Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams speaks out against a proposal to increase the state sales tax to support outdoors and arts programs. He said the increase would cost Minnesotans $11 billion over the 25-year life of the higher tax. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Outdoors amendment: Voters asked to tax themselves

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Most Minnesotans agree the state's water needs to be cleaned up.

They support parks, trails and the wide variety of arts programs found around the state.

On Nov. 4, Minnesota voters decide whether to their money where their mouth is by raising sales tax 0.375 percent via a constitutional amendment that keeps the increase in place for 25 years.

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