ST. PAUL, MN – Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher has appointed State Representative Michael Nelson, Brooklyn Park, to a newly created bi-partisan House Jobs Task Force. Citing Minnesota’s historic unemployment numbers, Kelliher said the task force will focus on economic development, capital investments and tax policies aimed at creating significant job growth for Minnesotans.
“We received some encouraging news today as Minnesota’s unemployment rate actually dropped a bit, but we know job recovery is often one of the latest indicators to rebound in a recession," said Speaker Kelliher. “That is why we will continue to make job creation a top priority in the Minnesota House.”
The new task force will develop a jobs plan for the 2010 legislative session that will build on this year’s initiatives, with special emphasis on bio business, construction and green jobs. It will be headed by three members: Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, Chair of the Tax Committee and Rep. Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.
“We are hopefully starting to see things turn around, but there are still far too many hardworking Minnesotans out of a job. We must be proactive,” said Nelson. “It’s an honor to serve on this task force and work toward good ideas and good public policy that will bolster our economy through the new jobs that Minnesotans need.”
Speaker Kelliher expects the Minnesota House Jobs Task Force to begin meeting in September and continue holding sessions throughout the fall in preparation for the 2010 Legislative Session.
“I am grateful to Rep. Nelson for agreeing to serve on this task force,” said Kelliher in naming the task force members. “For years, Mike has been a leader on economic development issues and a strong advocate for workers. The task force will benefit immensely from his leadership and passion for working Minnesotans.”