A proposed amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution that would raise the state's sales tax rate will appear on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Minnesota. The measure is known by its supporters as the Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage and Natural Areas Amendment.
If approved, it will increase the sales tax throughout the state by three-eights of one percent. That tax increase would amount to about $300 million a year of new revenue for the state government. The measure is a legislative referral placed on the ballot by the Minnesota State Legislature.
Money raised through the new tax would be dedicated to pay for natural resource protection and cultural heritage programs.
The state Department of Revenue estimates that the amendment would cost an average Minnesota household $60 a year.