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ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said the most recent Omnibus Jobs Finance bill approved in the Minnesota Legislature is an important bill locally and will likely improve the economic climate in rural Minnesota.
“When it left the House, this bill contained bad policy for business growth,” said Gunther, the former chair of the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee. “That is no longer the case, as it has improved greatly.”
The bill includes
• A provision allowing Riverbend Business Facilities to expand beyond Blue Earth County in order to create new business.
• Funding for the Minnesota Investment Fund, which will help Minnesota employers compete with other states for increased business.
• Funding for the Rural Policy and Development Center, which conducts research in Greater Minnesota.
• Funding for the Worthington ag biosciences center.
• Funding for county historical societies for maintenance issues.
“Each budget bill has its good and bad points,” Gunther said. “In the case of the jobs bill, I felt the positives outweighed the negatives and there were several highlights that were worth supporting.”
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