I shouldn’t be surprised by this but, according to this KSTP segment, some of Mark Dayton’s secret jobs trips were expensive wastes of time:
Jay Kolls’ report is quite revealing:
Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Governor Dayton, or members of his Cabinet, have quietly made numerous trips out West and overseas to try and lure clean energy and technology companies to Minnesota.
Sources tell us there are “several California companies in play” to bring clean energy jobs to the state and those “could number more than a thousand jobs over several years” according to those same sources. We have also been told members of the Dayton Administration also courted clean energy technology in China.
There’s no question that these companies are being offered big tax breaks to move here. Similarly, there’s no question that these companies’ long-term profitability is questionable. There’s no question because these companies haven’t been profitable without significant government subsidies. There’s no reason to think that they’ll fare any better in Minnesota than in California or China.
More importantly, why won’t Gov. Dayton offer these tax breaks to companies already here? What makes these companies in California and China deserving of tax breaks that Minnesota companies can’t get?
Here’s a thought: Gov. Dayton should develop the in-state industries just waiting to take off. Unfortunately, the DFL’s opposition to industries that’ve proven themselves is intense.
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