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Minnesota Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia tells fellow House members Tuesday that his economic development bill makes a lot of cuts, but is the best funding package he could put together in tough economic times. Staff photo by Don Davis - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

State economic development funding falls

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's economic development programs fall victim to the state budget deficit.

"We cut, we cut, we cut," Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said. "We can't create jobs when we are cutting, but we did the best that we could. ... I wish I had a lot better bill, but I had to cut."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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