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Jobs Task Force 2009 - 2010


St. Paul, MN - Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher is announcing today the creation of a Minnesota House Jobs Task Force. In response to historic unemployment numbers, this task force will focus on capital investments and policies that will create significant job growth for Minnesotans.

"With unemployment in Minnesota at its highest level in over 20 years, the Legislature has made jobs a top priority for the 2009 session," said Speaker Kelliher. "We passed legislation designed to generate new jobs, retrain workers for new skills and educate workers for a new economy. Much more needs to be done, however.

This Jobs Task Force will develop a jobs plan for the 2010 legislative session that will build on this year's initiatives, with special emphasis on getting our construction industry working again."

Kelliher said that while it is widely understood that job recovery is often one of the last economic indicators to rebound, she is committed to pursuing all possible policies and investments to stimulate job growth.

"These are very difficult days for thousands of Minnesota workers and their families," said Kelliher. "They are right to expect their state government to work for them; we want them to know we are not sitting still, but are making every effort possible to lead both our workers, and our state, back to economic prosperity."

The Jobs Task Force will start meeting publicly in August. Chairs and membership of the bipartisan task force will be announced next week.

The following members will serve on the Jobs Task Force:

Rep. Sarah Anderson -Plymouth
Rep. Karla Bigham -Cottage Grove
Rep. David Bly
Rep. Robin Brown -Albert Lea
Rep. Mark Buesgens -Jordan
Rep. Julie Bunn
Rep. Lyndon Carlson -Crystal
Rep. Randy Demmer -Hayfield
Rep. Denise Dittrich -Champlin
Rep. Keith Downey -Edina
Rep. Patti Fritz -Faribault
Rep. Bob Gunther -Fairmont
Rep. Alice Hausman -St. Paul - Chair
Rep. Jeff Hayden -Minneapolis
Rep. Larry Howes -Walker
Rep. Gail Kulick Jackson -Milaca
Rep. Al Juhnke -Willmar
Rep. Jeremy Kalin -North Branch
Rep. Ann Lenczewski -Bloomington - Chair
Rep. Diane Loeffler -Minneapolis
Rep. Tim Mahoney -St. Paul
Rep. Sandra Masin -Eagan
Rep. Carol McFarlane -White Bear Lake
Rep. Denny McNamara -Hastings
Rep. Terry Morrow -St. Peter
Rep. Joe Mullery -Minneapolis
Rep. Michael Nelson -Brooklyn Park
Rep. Kim Norton -Rochester
Rep. Mike Obermueller -Eagan
Rep. Michael Paymar -St. Paul
Rep. Sandra Peterson
Rep. Paul Rosenthal -Edina
Rep. Tom Rukavina -Virginia - Chair
Rep. Bev Scalze -Little Canada
Rep. Tony Sertich -Chisholm
Rep. Linda Slocum -Richfield
Rep. Loren Solberg -Grand Rapids
Rep. Phillip Sterner -Rosemount
Rep. Jean Wagenius -Minneapolis

Task Force Links


No meetings are currently scheduled at this time.


MONDAY, November 30, 2009
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Agenda: 9-11 a.m. - Credit Markets
11 a.m.- Noon - Debt Management/Bonding/Debt Service guidelines
1-2 p.m. - Bonding (Update of bond cancellation report, Update on August/October bond sales, MnSCU construction timeline)
2-4:30 p.m. - Public testimony
A more detailed agenda, including testifiers, is available online.

Friday, September 25, 2009
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Agenda: 10:30-12:00: How can state government create and retain jobs in Minnesota?
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Programs that the state of Minnesota has used to stimulate job creation.
2:30-4:00: Discussion of the proposals from the 2009 legislative session to stimulate the economy and create jobs.