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JOBZ supporters: Fix, don't ditch, vital rural development program

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Signs are that rural Minnesota's primary economic development program will survive a legislative attack, but there is no guarantee.

The 4-year-old program that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and rural lawmakers from both parties established is under fire this year for two reasons - it costs the state millions during a tough economic time and an audit discovered 30 problems with the program.

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