St. Paul, Minnesota (March 10, 2016) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to Governor Dayton’s letter to Twin Metals:

“Jobs for Minnesotans strongly opposes Governor Dayton’s recent refusal to allow the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to follow the established regulatory process for mineral exploration. Grounded in our trust of Minnesota’s extensive regulatory system and strengthened by our founding partners representing thousands of businesses and trade labor members across the state, we stand strong in support of providing access to state and federal mineral leases and lands to responsible companies like Twin Metals in pursuit of copper-nickel mining projects. We trust the rigorous process, based on science and modern technology, to protect our unique wilderness and ensure all state and federal environmental standards are met while advancing economic development that will benefit hardworking families in our state for generations.”

Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition of business, labor and communities, was formed in 2012 to support statewide opportunities for job creation from proposed copper-nickel mining projects in Minnesota. For more information, visit and follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find us on