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State Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-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. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Economic development programs funding fall

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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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