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Would Amazon Come To Minnesota?

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/08/17 13:38

by Dave Mindeman

There is a lot of talk about Amazon's new hub placement with its 50,000 potential jobs. Axios listed the top 5 contenders in their estimate:

1. Denver
2. Chicago
3. Phoenix
4. Minneapolis
5. Detroit

Denver got the highest marks because?

Superior transit system. If Amazon is going to build a major facility, they need to have their workers with access to a mobile transit system. 50,000 people is a lot of commutes - and car congested highways are going to be a net negative for any location analysis.

Minneapolis gets high marks for its university system - and Dayton has worked hard to maintain and improve that system.

But the House GOP Republicans, despite all their high minded rhetoric about building jobs in Minnesota are killing the very things that attracts business to this state - transit access and education.

Wisconsin recently got Foxconn to locate in southern Wisconsin. But they had to "buy" their way into it. It will cost them years of revenue to have this factory.

Minnesota can attract business on the merits. At least we will if the Republicans in the legislature don't obstruct our selling points.

In the end, business needs a business friendly environment and a suitable means for workers to get to and from work safely and quickly.

The MNGOP works against that environment. That must change.
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