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John Yunker of the legislative auditor's office discusses his report on the biofuels industry in Minnesota during a Friday legislative committee hearing. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Biofuel subsidies targeted in report

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ST. PAUL - State payments to Minnesota ethanol producers have little impact on the industry anymore, so could be eliminated, an independent audit concluded.

But lawmakers said corn-based ethanol producers, recipients of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past two decades, have been good for Minnesota's economy and were pledged the payments, so should not be cut off.

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