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Senate Republicans threaten to cut funding for Minnesota state parks, environmental programs over 'clean cars' rule


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

A Tesla owner charged his car at the ChargePoint charging station in Duluth in November 2019.

Minnesota's state parks could shut down in July if the Walz administration does not bow to demands by Senate Republicans to drop plans for new "clean cars" emissions standards.

Along with parks, much of the environmental arm of state government would shut down over the impasse, which flared up during a conference committee meeting Tuesday on the Senate's proposed omnibus environment budget.

If passed, the Senate's version of the omnibus environment bill would slash tens of millions of dollars in environmental funding on a variety of projects, from combating chronic wasting disease in deer and the decline in pollinators to cleaning up forever chemicals in water supplies.


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