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Former state Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, explains why she opposes a constitutional amendment proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot to raise the sales tax to fund arts and outdoors programs. With her at the Saturday debate in Duluth are, from left, Larry Redmond of Minneapolis, an arts advocate; Dave Zentner of Duluth, a sportsman; and another former senator, Linda Runbeck of Circle Pines. Pioneer Photo/Scott Wente

Outdoors and arts ballot measure's merits debated

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DULUTH -- Voters who support a Nov. 4 ballot measure either will be mucking up the Minnesota Constitution or pledging to pay for cleaner water and neglected outdoors and arts causes.


"It comes down to this is bad constitutional law, this is bad legislative law and this is bad tax policy," former Republican lawmaker Linda Runbeck said of a proposed constitutional amendment dedicating a tax increase to the outdoors and arts.

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