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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A legislative fight over parks and trails money is brewing between rural and urban lawmakers.

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The St. Cloud Times reports that officials from metro organizations are unhappy with how the state divides $80 million in parks and trails funding — one part of Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The state is set to give 60 percent to outstate Minnesota funds and the remainder to urban areas.

John Erwin, of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, says that's unfair because metro areas generate most of the state's tax revenue. But others say many urban Minnesotans visit outstate parks.

Legislators will likely hash out the disagreement for the next budget.

Voters approved the so-called Legacy amendment in 2008, levying a three-eighth-cent sales tax to fund outdoors and arts projects.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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