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Doyle signs economic development bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Economic development leaders across Wisconsin are hoping that a series of bills Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law will help to spur job growth and help companies locate and expand in the state.

But critics say the bills Doyle signed Monday don’t do enough to address the state’s flagging economy and high joblessness rate which was at 8.8 percent in March. Republicans in the Legislature say the bills were too little, too late.

Despite the criticism, the bills Doyle signed easily passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support. The governor said the new laws he signed in Green Bay will help companies that create jobs and choose to expand in Wisconsin.

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