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Minn. lawmakers back economic development cuts


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota economic development takes a $21 million hit in a year when the economy itself is taking its biggest hit in 50 years.

The Senate voted to cut economic development funding 38-28 Monday night. The House is expected to follow suit today.

A House-Senate compromise funding proposal cuts state economic development funds from $284 million being spent in the current budget to $263 million in the two-year budget starting July 1.

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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.