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Auditor report suggests ending biofuel subsidies

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ST. PAUL - Lawmakers should consider ending state subsidies for biofuel production, the legislative auditor's concluded.

In a report issued this morning, Legislative Auditor James Noble's office said payments to the producers of biofuels, including corn-based ethanol, may have little impact on biofuel production in Minnesota.

Ethanol subsidies, known as producer payments, were important in helping the ethanol industry get started in the 1990s.

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