State of Minnesota Archives: on Jobs

Rebecca Otto: Raise minimum wage

Across her statewide listening tour Rebecca met hard-working people who are under-compensated, making it hard to make ends meet. This is hurting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Rebecca Otto supports increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation.
Source: 2018 Minnesota Gubernatorial website Nov 1, 2017

Tina Liebling: Don't permit employers to pay non-sustaining wages

A person who works full time should be able to meet the basic needs of her family, but many can not. When employers are permitted to pay non-sustaining wages, taxpayers must fill the gap with food support, housing support, and other needs. This is a subsidy for employers and undermines the dignity of the worker. I'm proud to have voted to raise Minnesota's minimum wage and to have it apply equally to tipped employees, but we must continue to raise the minimum wage until all full-time work in Minnesota pays a living wage. We must also strengthen other workplace rights, such as earned sick time and paid family leave. Let's allow everyone the dignity and security to get better at home or have the time to visit a physician then return to work healthy and productive.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Tina Liebling: Defend the right to organize and bargain collectively

Unions created the middle class by organizing for better wages and working conditions, but union membership has eroded. I support and defend the right to organize and bargain collectively, because this is one of the best tools we have to raise work standards and give Minnesotans a chance at a better future.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Mark Dayton: Unemployment is down, but average family is poorer

In my first Inaugural Address, I said that my top priority was to bring more jobs to our state. When I took office in 2011, there were 202,000 Minnesotans unemployed. Since then, our growing businesses have added 255,400 jobs. Our state's unemployment rate has been at or below 4% for the past 30 months. And there are more jobs in Minnesota now than ever before.

Nevertheless, the Great Recession has had severe and lasting effects. Inflation-adjusted, real household income in Minnesota averages $68,730 today, which is 22% above the national average. However, it is 8% less than it was at the turn of the century. To repeat, the average Minnesota family is relatively poorer than sixteen years ago. From 2007 to 2015, the average real incomes of the richest 20% of Minnesotans increased. The average real incomes for everyone else fell. And the incomes of the wealthiest 5% increased the most of anyone.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Minnesota Legislature Jan 23, 2017

Heather Johnson: Oppose increase in the minimum wage

Q: Do you support an increase in the minimum wage?

A: No, I do not support an increase in the minimum wage. That is a temporary solution to a long term problem. Government and crony capitalism manipulation of the market have done more harm than good. The free market should be a voluntary interaction between businesses and consumers, something is exchanged for something they need. Items, goods, services, could be money, bitcoins; there is so much room for choice in a consumer driven market. Look at utilities, they have a near monopoly and they can dictate price instead of a voluntary model where everybody has a say.

Source: News Examiner Q&A on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Mike McFadden: Gender-based pay equality & minimum wage? "Wrong questions"

Mike McFadden avoided giving specific answers on a slew of key issues at a press conference. McFadden centered his comments on his plans to cut wasteful federal government spending, but he avoided giving yes or no responses when reporters began asking him questions.

The candidate wouldn't say whether he supports a state-based effort to increase Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. He called the vote concerning gender-based pay discrimination an election-year trick and said personhood legislation, which seeks to give fetuses the same rights as people, is a "polarizing" issue that he wouldn't focus on. When asked about the minimum wage, he said it was "the wrong question."

"What I think is really important with politicians and with leaders [is] you understand their overriding philosophies--how do they make decisions?" McFadden said. "And so I've been very specific in this campaign as to how I make decisions and it begins with my view of government, my philosophy of government."

Source: The Huffington Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Apr 10, 2014

Tim Pawlenty: Jobs Creation Bill: R&D tax credit; 20% corporate tax cut

    I urge the legislature to pass my Jobs Creation Bill that has six vital parts:
  1. A 20 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate;
  2. A 20 percent exclusion from taxation for small businesses;
  3. An angel investment tax credit;
  4. A supercharged research and development tax credit;
  5. A capital gains exclusion for qualified investments; and
  6. Incentives for companies to invest in Minnesota small businesses.
Source: Minnesota 2010 State of the State Address Feb 11, 2010

Norm Coleman: Gut the USDA’s milk marketing system

Coleman said he would gut the USDA’s milk marketing system, which bases dairy payments on where farmers live. On the contentious issue of big farm feedlots, Coleman talked more broadly about government regulation: “Regulation needs to be based on sound science,” Coleman said. “And in addition you need to do some cost-benefit analysis, it can’t be this absolutist approach. We’re losing a lot of livestock producers because they spend more time dealing with the regulators than they do in the field.”
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Aug 6, 2002

Jesse Ventura: Make Agriculture Competitive Anywhere in the World

We are in a global economy whether we like it or not. As such, we can either bemoan those factors (i.e., prices) over which we have no control - or we can work together to make our farm families the most competitive we can by lowering the cost of production or adding value to the raw products before they leave the state. We need to give attention to taxation policy, overly burdensome environmental regulations and land-use laws, access to capital, financing and organizational structuring options, and adequate transportation infrastructure.

We need to work to “level the playing field” in both international trade and national farm policies so that our farmers and agri-businesses can compete in a fair, competitive arena. In addition, we need to improve and increase marketing opportunities, both domestic and foreign, not only for our major commodities, but also for unique specialty crops and products.

Source: The Big Plan: Minnesota: World Competitor Dec 10, 2000

Jesse Ventura: Training and retraining to resolve workforce shortage

Eight years of economic growth has done us a world of good. Minnesota’s overall unemployment rate is lower than ever. But now we face a workforce shortage, which makes us less competitive in a global marketplace. It’s vital to our ongoing economic health that we have a well-trained, flexible, and healthy workforce that allows us to be quickly responsive to the opportunities that globalization presents. That means training and retraining constantly during a person’s working life. It means looking after displaced workers to get them back into the game with salable skills. It means providing adequate medical care and benefits to injured workers, so that they can return to suitable work as soon as possible. It means finding new workers. When someone says, “We need good people who can do X, Y, and Z. Do you have them for us?” We want to be able to say, “You bet we do!”
Source: The Big Plan: Minnesota: World Competitor Dec 10, 2000

Mark Dayton: Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices

We need to immediately pass a new farm bill! I will work hard to put profits and market prices back into American agriculture. I believe in reinstating an equitable system of price supports to give farmers the assistance they need to compete with heavily subsidized grains from overseas. Commodity prices are falling because of drastic oversupply due to Freedom To Farm. I will target price support toward family-sized farms, not large corporate farms. And, I will raise loan rates and couple them with deficiency payments to a set level, in order to provide price floors and income security for family farms. I will put value-added enterprises in place in local communities as supplements to help increase market prices and profits, allowing family farmers to sell their crops in the form of higher-priced commodities like oil and meal. If elected, my first choice for a committee seat would be the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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