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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.

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"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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