Pawlenty, Ford To Discuss Minnesota Plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty meets Wednesday with Ford Motor Co. executives to talk about the future of the company's St. Paul truck plant.

Pawlenty's official schedule lists a private meeting at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich.

The Republican governor is traveling with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Commissioner Dan McElroy of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. They are also touring a Ford factory.

A new state law Pawlenty signed in April offers the carmaker tax breaks to keep the St. Paul plant operating.

Ford would be exempt from some income, property and sales taxes and could get a tax credit for new jobs if it stays and upgrades the Mississippi River facility.

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