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It’s not all Capitol bickering as governor signs Legacy bill

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a Legacy Act bill, which calls for $100 million in spending for outdoors projects.

While the inter-party bickering over taxes, bonding and a stadium at the Capitol gives the impression of runaway chaos, there has been agreement on dozens of bills, including a Legacy Act bill, calls for $100 million in spending for outdoors projects.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed SF 2493 on Tuesday. It had been passed by the House, 75-56; and the Senate, 61-4.

The bill appropriates $100 million from the Legacy Act sales tax revenue for outdoors projects, with $24.6 million for prairies, $15.3 million to forests, $31.1 million to wetlands, $28.6 million for habitat, and $220,000 for administration. More than $30 million will be used for land purchases.

Some highlights:

  • $11 million for the Mississippi Northwoods Habitat Complex near Brainerd,
  • $8.5 million for barriers to block invasive fish
  • $4 million for an aquatic invasive species research center at the University of Minnesota.