ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota House has voted to distribute $527 million
in funding to arts, environmental and cultural heritage projects across the

Tuesday's House vote was unanimous.

The money comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by
Minnesota voters in 2008. The amendment raised the state's sales tax by
three-eighths of one percent and dedicated the money to clean water projects,
wetland and wildlife habitat restoration and to support Minnesota's cultural

About $111 million from this year's Legacy funds is set to go to clean-water projects, including efforts to protect drinking water from contaminants. Another $103 million would go toward prairie, forest and wetland restoration projects.

A companion bill is in committee in the Minnesota Senate.