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Statement from Rep. Chris Swedzinski re: State regulations sink major project in Luverne

Friday, January 4, 2019


GHENT – State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, issued the following statement in response to Balaton-based tru Shrimp indicating Friday that regulatory obstacles in Minnesota are causing the company to build its first major shrimp facility in Madison, S.D., instead of in Luverne, Minn., as previously planned. Swedzinski authored legislation in the House to help advance the project. While his legislation did not pass, Swedzinski said he remains an advocate for the venture to take shape in Minnesota.

“Opportunities for economic development of this magnitude don’t come around often and now it appears the inability of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to successfully negotiate permits is causing us to miss out on a chance to provide southwestern Minnesota with a big-time boost,” Swedzinski said. “Minnesota’s regulatory process is so onerous that businesses are simply choosing to set up shop in other states. I’m going to point to this example every time I hear a fellow legislator talk about how we need to bring jobs to Greater Minnesota. The easiest thing to do is to stop adding layers upon layers of new regulations and get government off the backs of job creators so they have some breathing room to operate in our state.”