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Gov. Tim Pawlenty calls for increasing state agricultural exports and cutting regulatory and tax costs to make the state more competitive during a keynote address Thursday at Farmfest. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Expansion of exports and less costs are key for state, gov. declares


GILFILLAN -- The state needs to continue to expand its agricultural exports, cut regulatory costs and taxes to be more competitive, and fund research to promote the renewable energy industry, Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a Farmfest audience on Thursday.

In a speech that dealt almost equally with state and national issues, Pawlenty kept to a less government is better theme. "The answer in a highly taxed state isn't to add taxes,'' said Pawlenty.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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