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Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove tells fellow senators Thursday that they should a provision in a bill to encourage composting of garbage. Staff photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers consider fees to ease outdoor budget cuts

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Higher fees keep could keep spending on outdoors programs from deeper funding cuts.

Even with millions of dollars in fee increases, some budgets may shrink rapidly, Minnesota legislators say.

For instance, state tax money headed to the Pollution Control Agency would shrink by 19 percent under a funding plan senators approved Thursday 49-15. And the Department of Natural Resources would get 5 percent less state funding.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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