ST. PAUL, Minn. – In response to a Tennessee lawmaker’s harsh anti-union rhetoric while referring to a Volkswagen plant’s recent expansion plans, Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) has sent an open letter to the President and CEO of Volkswagen. The letter urges Volkswagen to consider moving to Minnesota, where we value companies and the workforce’s that make them successful – and can offer a strong business environment, support business growth with tax incentives, and can assist with logistics using our many natural resources.
Sen. Tomassoni’s letter is also signed by the Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Mark Phillips and Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing).
“When I hear state lawmakers voicing serious concerns about a company that is bringing jobs to an area – simply because they do not like union labor, I feel the need to speak up. Last year around this time Tennessee lawmakers attempted to hold business incentives hostage if a unionizing effort was passed, this time around those lawmakers are doing more of the same. Minnesota has proved itself as a great home for businesses, with a current unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, a budget surplus of $1.89 billion, and is home to 20 Fortune 500 companies. We would be happy to welcome Volkswagen to the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” said Tomassoni.