Economic development funds fall

Rep. Tom Rukavina

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."

The Senate voted to cut economic development funding 38-28 Monday night. The House did the same on Tuesday, 74-57. In both cases, some majority Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the measure.

Minnesota economic development programs would be trimmed $21 million in a year when many programs are facing cuts in light of a $4.6 billion state budget deficit.

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