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2,000 New Jobs

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM
Categories: Economy, Jobs, Bonding

Getting Minnesota back to work remains Governor Dayton’s highest priority. Last week DEED announced $47.5 million in competitive business development grants that will fund nine important economic development projects statewide. These targeted investments will put an estimated 2,000 Minnesotans to work building projects of regional and statewide significance.
 
The bonding bill signed by Governor Dayton last session has already saved and created 14,000 Minnesota jobs. If the legislature had adopted the governor’s jobs-focused bonding bill last session, another 7,000 Minnesotans would be on the job right now. In last week’s announcement, the governor told Minnesotans he plans to introduce another bonding proposal in January that will help get tens of thousands more Minnesotans back to work.
  

WHAT MINNESOTANS ARE SAYING

Duluth News Tribune
September 15, 2012         
 
“This project rocks the boat,” Mayor Ness said, noting that the Duluth Corporate Tower will spur the city’s economic growth, retain hundreds of jobs and create more than 200 professional jobs as well as 300 construction jobs.... Without that grant, the project would not be moving forward, Ness said.
 
 
Detroit Lakes Online
September 16, 2012
 
"We are extremely ecstatic," Mayor Wayne Wolden said. The award amount was short of $4.6 million asked for, but Wolden said private fundraising efforts had gone very well and a wellness center will be built.
 
 
Star Tribune
September 13, 2012‎
 
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer said, "I'm going to say what everyone's thinking: It's a great day to be in downtown freakin' St. Paul."

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2040: Minnesota’s Economic Promise

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Economy, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

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Metropolitan Council’s recently released growth forecasts are premised on analysis and modeling of the metro area’s economic strength, and regional position within a larger, world economy. The analysis suggests a very balanced industry mix, good labor supply across a complete range of occupations, and competitive strength in several high-value industries.  All of this suggests good prospects for economic and employment growth over the next three decades. 

The Council forecasts an employment gain of 570,000 jobs, up from 1,548,000 in 2010 to 2,118,000 in 2040. The Council anticipates employment growth will range from 13 percent in the current decade to 9 percent in the 2030s. This growth contrasts with a net employment loss experienced during the 2000s.
For more background on the Metropolitan Council’s projections for the metro area through 2040, click here.

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2040: The Changing Face of Minnesota

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Categories: Economy, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

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The Minneapolis-St. Paul area’s population will grow in two ways in the coming decades: it will grow in size, and it will grow in diversity.

The Metropolitan Council has predicted that by 2040, the population of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area will grow by 893,000 people to a total population of 3,743,000, and that 43% of residents will be people of color in 2040 – up from 24% in 2010. The region’s Hispanic population is expected to nearly triple, from 168,000 in 2010 to 479,000 in 2040.

The region will also see a more diverse student population. The population of color under age 25 will double in size by 2040 up from 335,000 in 2010 to 676,000. This change will then be reflected in Minnesota’s workforce as that population moves from school into the job market further down the road; likewise, the workforce by 2040 will reflect the diversity of today’s under-25 population.


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Partners in Policymaking: Celebrating 25 Years Advocating for Disability Rights

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Human Rights, Jobs

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Governor Dayton speaks at the 2012 Disabilities Day Rally in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda.

The Partners in Policymaking Program recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, marking a quarter century of advocacy, education, and inspiration for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  

Since 1987, the program – led by the Department of Administration’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), has provided leadership training for parents of children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities.  By helping these individuals self-advocate and form relationships with elected officials and policymakers, the program empowers them to positively shape the policies and services that impact their lives.


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Hire a Veteran Month

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Categories: Jobs, Veterans

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Governor Mark Dayton kicked off Minnesota’s largest veterans career fair this morning by proclaiming July “Hire a Veteran” month.  Today at the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair the Governor urged businesses to hire veterans and noted their skills and leadership abilities are what Minnesota employers are looking for. 

“Hiring veterans is one of the best investments businesses can make in the future success of their companies and of our state,” Governor Mark Dayton said.  “Veterans have the skills Minnesota employers are looking for, including leadership, intelligence, dedication, and loyalty.  They also have proven their abilities to perform at the highest levels under all kinds of pressures and conditions.”

Governor Dayton’s office also recently hired a Minnesota Veteran, Amanda Ingvaldson, after she returned from serving with the Minnesota National Guard in support of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom.

By increasing the public’s awareness of the high unemployment rate of veterans, “Hire a Veteran” month not only gives veterans an opportunity to work but it also promotes good business in Minnesota. 


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Minnesota Moving Forward into 2040

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM
Categories: Jobs, Economy, Greater Minnesota

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The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is going to grow a lot in the next few decades, and Governor Dayton is proud to be leading Minnesota into a new era of increased output, population, and diversity.

According to demographic changes projected by the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities metro area will see substantial growth in overall population, population diversity, economic output and jobs  over the coming three decades.

The Council projects that by 2040, the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area will grow by 893,000 people, to a total of 3,743,000, and that 43% of the metro population will be people of color (up from 24% in 2010). This is a slower growth rate per decade – at roughly 9 or 10 percent – than the 15 percent the metro area witnessed in the 1980s and 90s.


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Reversed cuts a victory for Minnesota’s disabled

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Health, Reform, Jobs, Human Rights

In a recent editorial for Access Press, a Minnesota disability news outlet, Steve Larson, senior public policy director for The Arc Minnesota commended state leaders for their work to reverse a number of funding cuts to Minnesota Health and Human Services (HHS).

These reversals delayed cuts to the wages of personal care attendants and disability service providers until the next legislative session and reduced the cut to community services for 2,600 Minnesotans with disabilities by half. ” Disability advocates will need to fight again next session to make these reversals permanent,” says Larson.

The issues of funding to key Health and Human Services sectors were first highlighted by Governor Dayton in his 2012-2013 supplemental budget proposal, and were ultimately addressed with his signing of the HHS omnibus budget bill, a bipartisan effort which restored roughly $18 million in funding lost during the 2011 budget compromise. This new spending was offset by savings to the state from a 1 percent cap on health plan profits negotiated by the Dayton Administration which resulted in the return of $73 million to state and federal taxpayers .


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Addressing Higher Education Costs Through Reform

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Categories: Education, Reform, Jobs

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As part of Governor Mark Dayton’s Better Government for a Better Minnesota reform initiative, state government officials are turning their attention to the rising costs of higher education.

Last week, Governor Dayton, Senator Franken, and Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller met with students from around the state to discuss the challenges they face, including higher tuition costs and crippling student debt.  At the same time, state higher education funding per student has fallen by 48% since 2000.  Colleges are trying to educate students with far fewer resources, and many of the costs are now falling to students themselves. These obstacles are limiting Minnesota students’ educational opportunities and are making it more difficult for them to gain the education they need to succeed in the workforce.

After Monday’s meeting in Minneapolis, OHE Director Pogemiller toured the state to get feedback from other colleges.  He traveled to Austin and Winona last week to discuss the rising costs of college for students. He stressed the need for the state to return higher education funding to historical levels to help students manage their costs.  The Office of Higher Education already works to provide tips to current and prospective students on how they can lower the costs of a college education, and the department strives to improve the resources they offer.


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Report Shows Three Straight Months of Job Creation in Minnesota

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Categories: Jobs, Economy, Reform

A new report issued by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) showed that Minnesota employers added 6,200 jobs to the state economy in February, marking three consecutive months of job growth in Minnesota. This is an important milestone in Minnesota’s economic recovery. The state has already regained half the jobs it lost during the recession.

Education and Health Services was the leading sector in job creation, adding 5,100 jobs last month. Other areas posting strong job growth include the Government and Leisure and Hospitality sectors.   "The labor market recovery appears to be gaining steam, with three consecutive months of strong job growth," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "The state has now recovered 81,400 jobs since the recession."


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The New Jobs Tax Credit: Putting Minnesota Back to Work

Posted on March 08, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Jobs, Veterans, Education

Governor Mark Dayton’s New Jobs 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 calendar year 2012 and a $1,500 credit for each new hire through June 2013. This $35 million initiative would create over 10,000 new, private-sector jobs each year.

As Minnesota emerges from a deep recession, the focus of the legislature needs to remain on job creation.  Today, 55,000 more people are employed than at the height of the recession, but many more remain jobless.  The New Jobs Tax Credit is designed to give local businesses an incentive to hire unemployed Minnesotans, especially those who were hardest hit by the recession, Minnesota veterans and recent college graduates.

Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General, Richard Nash, recently reported that of the over 3,000 Minnesota Guardsmen and women presently serving in Kuwait, 22% of them will be unemployed, when they return home. The New Jobs Tax Credit will ensure that we reverse this shameful fact and make sure all of Minnesota’s veterans return to jobs in their hometowns across the state of Minnesota.


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