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Writing the legacy of the Legacy Amendment

Posted at 6:20 AM on November 30, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

Three years ago, Minnesota voters agreed to tack on three eighths of one percent to the state sales tax through 2034 to preserve Minnesota's cultural and environmental legacy.

Today, we'll get the first good look at how that money's being spent when the legislative auditor releases an accountability report on the funds.

There have been plenty of questions the past few months about where the money's going -- and what else it might finance, including a Vikings stadium. There's been a push, too, to repeal the amendment altogether.

We'll look today at the amendment and dig into the report when it becomes available.

Minnesota Public Radio is among 18 public broadcasters receiving arts and culture Legacy money. It has submitted financial reports on the $2.6 million it spent in the first two years to the state Department of Administration.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.