St. Paul, Minn. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to two important pieces of legislation passing the U.S. House this week. Both pieces of legislation – H.R. 3115, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, and H.R. 3905, Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act (“MINER Act”) – support the future of job creation and economic growth in Minnesota.
“Jobs for Minnesotans is grateful to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of H.R. 3115 and H.R. 3905, and in particular the champions of each bill, Rep. Rick Nolan and Rep. Tom Emmer, respectively. We are also thankful to Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, for his steadfast support of Minnesota mining.
These bills protect fair process for multiple mineral development projects that have the potential to create thousands of jobs, plus approximately two additional jobs created in other industries for each mining job. We applaud this positive momentum in support of our crucial natural resource industry. A way of life for future generations of Minnesotans depends on our country’s commitment to timely, predictable and transparent regulatory processes at all stages of project development. We are thankful for these recent actions to support economic development and national security, and we hope for similarly positive outcomes as these bills move through the U.S. Senate.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
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