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Minnesota lawmakers want to double funding to promote tourism

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s resorts, government and residents would benefit from a larger tourism marketing effort, supporters of a bill to double its state support told a House committee.

Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, told the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday that his plan to spend more than $16 million in each of the next two years on tourism would attract more visitors and their money.

“There are few ways government generates revenue and jobs,” Ward said. “Tourism does both.”

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