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Legislative Update (7-8-16)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this year, the House passed legislation that made much needed corrections to the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

Thanks to these corrections, a $258 million premium reduction was extended to employers who paid above the needs of the fund while also reducing their future obligation when the balance exceeds the fully-funded threshold per federal standards.

This leaves businesses with additional funds that can be invested in employees and their communities.

If you are a business owner or someone that is interested in this and may be looking for ways to take advantage of this initiative, please visit this website.

That same day, the House approved a measure that will bring much needed relief to nearly 2,100 unemployed steelworkers on the Iron Range by extending unemployment benefits.

While this unemployment extension is helping folks in the short term, it is my hope and pledge to work towards long term solutions for the range. Simply put, these workers are looking for jobs not more unemployment benefits. That’s why I am hopeful that the Polymet and Twin Metals projects will continue to move forward.

Please be sure to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4333 or via email at

Have a great weekend!