Minnesota's state band, a Somali youth group and monarch butterflies all have allies in the state House.

They're part of a funding bill passed 97-31 Thursday that directs hundreds of millions of dollars from a dedicated sales tax to environmental, arts and heritage programs across the state.

Legislators carved out $200,000 to help the Somali group Ka Joog offer arts and mentorship programs across Minnesota.

They also guaranteed free rehearsal and storage space for the 117-year-old state band, which practices in a government building basement.

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, fought for butterflies. She tacked on a provision that requires many agencies receiving money to grow plants that benefit monarchs and avoid using pesticides.

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