An member chapter reports that the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce organized meetings of business leaders and Congressman Walz so that they could tell him about their opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act:
FEDERAL ‘CARD CHECK’The Minnesota Chamber is leading an effort to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as “Card Check,” at the federal level. While we are working with our national partners like the U.S. Chamber and the National Association of Manufacturers, our members feel very strongly that this legislation undermines the principles of workplace democracy. Last week, we coordinated meetings with Congressman Collin Peterson and with Congressman Tim Walz attracting more than 100 business leaders in total. We also are trying to meet with Senator Amy Klobuchar.
We hope Congressman Walz sticks with his support of the bill. Here's why.
The Post Bulletin reoprts in Elk Run may get $1 billion boost:
The proposed Elk Run biobusiness park could get a huge capital boost this week, although all parties involved have been mum.
Published reports say that California-based developer Tower Investments is close to a deal with a major investor in California to create a $1 billion venture capital fund to help bring biotechnology startups to the state.
Tower Investments has proposed a 2,325-acre bioscience and residential campus along U.S. 52 near Pine Island.
According to a Star Tribune report, San Francisco-based Burrill & Company CEO G. Steven Burrill will be the lead investor in the venture fund that will offer money to as many as 30 companies that agree to move to the Elk Run facility. . . .
. . .Brase said there has been ongoing dialogue between Mayo and Elk Run developers for a few years. The clinic has been part of a focus group and one of its employees, Larry Pease, has been on Elk Run's nonprofit advisory board.
"Mayo Clinic is really supportive of any effort to increase bioscience in Minnesota, especially in southeast Minnesota," Brase told the Post-Bulletin.
One project on a list sent to 1st District Rep. Tim Walz for federal stimulus money includes a $50 million project to improve highway access to the development site. Pine Island City Administrator Abraham Algadi said there has been discussion with the Minnesota Department of Transportation about a possible interchange near the site.
In MinnPost's Obama's speech tonight: Watch for specifics and tone, Walz says:
Minnesota's representatives, most having just returned to Washington
after a week spent in their districts, said that questions abounded
over the specifics of the stimulus and bailout plans.
"I hope he [Obama] hits on the things that people are talking about," said Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. "They want a sense that there is a plan. They want confidence again."
While traveling through his district in southern Minnesota, Walz said that he continually heard questions about the U.S. banks.
"They wanted to know, and not in talking points, what does it mean if the government takes over control of the banks?" said Walz. "What does nationalization mean?"
This afternoon's song is from Idlewild, and goes out to all those who research, and find what they find: