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Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, urges lawmakers to support a nearly $400 million outdoors and arts spending package on the last day of the 2009 legislative session. The funding, which will come from a new statewide sales tax increase voters approved last year, was the highlight of outdoors and environment issues lawmakers dealt with this year. Murphy led a committee that compiled the spending package. Tribune photo by Scott Wente

New sales tax goes to outdoors uses

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ST. PAUL -- The environment and outdoors scored big in an otherwise rough Minnesota legislative session.

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