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Sen. Tom Bakk, Published February 28 2010

Generating jobs first on agenda

From working as a union leader negotiating contracts for carpenters on the Iron Range, to serving as chairman of the Senate Tax Committee, my life has been dedicated to putting people to work. With record numbers of Minnesotans receiving an unemployment check, and for the thousands of others who have given up looking for a job, my kind of experience and commitment is what we need in our next governor.

Recently my job creation bill passed its first hurdle when the Senate Business, Industry and Jobs Committee passed the bill and sent it to the Senate Finance Committee. Highlights of the bill include:

I authored many of these provisions in 2009 with the hopes of jump-starting Minnesota’s economy. Unfortunately, in deliberations with the House and the governor, they didn’t make it into the final Omnibus Tax Bill. This year, House leaders are taking our unemployment problem seriously and have indicated a willingness to work with me to send these proposals to the governor for his signature into law.

Economic development is not easy, but I am a leader who rolls up his sleeves and doesn’t give up. The next governor must make job creation and economic development our state’s top priority. The security of our families and our state is on the line, and we cannot get Minnesota moving in the right direction until we get people back to work.

As governor, I will use my negotiating skills, knowledge of tax policy, and go anywhere, anytime to create jobs in Minnesota. I am the experienced leader who can bring people together to build a stronger Minnesota.

Sen. Bakk, DFL-Cook, represents District 6 in the Minnesota Senate. He serves as chairmanof the Senate Tax Committee and is a candidate

for the DFL endorsement for governor.