Northeast MN Chamber Execs Request Assistance for Mining Related Layoffs

Wednesday, March 2nd

Dear Doug Loon,

We in Northeastern Minnesota need the support of the Minnesota Chamber.  Today there are more than 2,000 workers laid off in our mining and mining related industries and for some of these workers benefits have expired.  Recently Governor Dayton backed away from extending benefits for these workers and we are sure that you know the reason why.  While our chambers support reducing business taxes, this is an issue that should be separate from assisting Minnesotans who need help from the government that they have paid taxes to for many years.  We are asking you, the Minnesota Chamber, to stand with us and encourage legislators to immediately pass a state bill that will extend benefits to laid off mining industry employees that is retroactive to when the benefits were lost .  This needs to be “stand-alone” legislation that is not tied to other legislation or issues and it needs to be done in a timely manner. The impact of these lay-offs not only affect the workers who are laid off, but it also has a significant impact on their families, our small businesses, our regional workforce supply chain and our overall economic health.
The Northeastern Minnesota Chamber Executives Association

Bud Stone – President
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Lory Fedo -President
Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce

Bernie Collins -President
Laurentian Chamber of Commerce

David Ross -President
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Kelly Zink – President,
Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce

Shawn Mason – President
International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Janelle Jones – President
Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce

Karen Pionk – Executive Director
Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce

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