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Time for Jobs

Time for Jobs

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It’s time for the Legislature to set aside the distractions and focus on jobs.
It’s time for the Legislature to set aside the distractions and focus on jobs.

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Published by: Minnesota House DFL Caucus on Feb 17, 2012
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Minnesota Democrats are ready to get to work on their top priority in 2012—jobs. The DFL jobs plan includes initiatives brought forward by Governor Dayton and additional common sense, targeted jobs bills that will support small businesses, improve workforce redevelopment, and invest in infrastructure. Job Retraining in High Demand Fields (HF 2177, Rep. Sandra Peterson, DFL–New Hope)

Provide grants to adults who pursue and complete short-term education and training in regionally high-demand career fields. The Opportunity Grants will provide a $2,000 grant for 2,000 Minnesotans for up to two semesters of training for good paying job.

Helping Small Businesses Compete (HF 2186, Rep. Patti Fritz, DFL–Faribault)

Provides $10 million in additional funding for the Minnesota Investment Fund, which has a track record of helping Minnesota to attract businesses to locate or expand here. Communities across the state, including Faribault, Owatonna, Sauk Rapids and Jackson, have been able to attract new companies thanks to this fund.

Bonding for Business Growth (HF 2185, Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL–Little Canada)

Utilize $20 million in bonding resources to help businesses expand in Minnesota. These DEED resources would provide grants to cities for business infrastructure, help local authorities renew old property for business development and aid in the development of transit improvements focused on businesses.

Bridge to Work Minnesota (HF 2184, Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL–St. Paul)

Creates a pilot program to help unemployed Minnesotans get a foot in the door with a Minnesota employer. The pilot program would assist up to 5,000 unemployed workers re-enter the workforce by providing a wage supplement at no additional cost to the state.

Expand FastTRAC (HF 2181, Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL–Mankato)

Minnesota FastTRAC is a successful program helping reduce our jobs skills gap. Expanding the program statewide will help more underprepared adults succeed in the workplace by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand.

New Jobs Tax Credit (HF 2277, Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL–St. Paul)

The New Jobs Tax Credit is focused on immediate job creation. It would provide businesses with a $3,000 tax credit for each unemployed Minnesotan, Veteran or recent graduate hired in 2012.

Growing Greater Minnesota Business (HF 2183, Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL–Clara City)

Provides additional resources for existing small business revolving loan funds that offer loans and gap financing for small businesses in need of capital. Since 1985, the six Initiative Foundations have leveraged more than $1 billion and created or retained more than 40,000 jobs.

Buy Minnesota (HF 2182, Rep. Carly Melin, DFL–Hibbing)

Minnesota can grow our economy by awarding state projects, contracts, and purchases to Minnesota firms. This proposal gives a tiebid preference to Minnesota businesses and products made, manufactured or grown in Minnesota and encourages Minnesota schools and local governments to purchase from Minnesota businesses.

It’s time for the Legislature to set aside the distractions and focus on jobs.

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