Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) said today his legislation to invest in job creation and economic development in communities of color was advanced by a key Senate jobs committee.
Senator Champion’s bill, which he pressed Wednesday before the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, would fund organizations that support veterans, women, and people of color across the state. The funding would include financing for people looking to start small businesses and support for programs that equip young people and entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to succeed.
“We need to invest in our communities in order to keep Minnesota competitive both regionally and globally,” said Senator Champion. “By investing in Minnesotans of color, supporting job growth, and offering targeted financing to small businesses, we will put our state in a strong position to succeed in the global economy. Minnesota needs to attract new talent, businesses, and students to remain competitive, and this bill will take an important step toward achieving that goal.”
Investments to help Metro Area, Suburbs, and Greater Minnesota
“These investments are not just targeted at the Twin Cities,” added Senator Champion. “I’ve worked in partnership with organizations across Minnesota to ensure that this proposal provides sufficient help to communities across our state. I am proud of the coalition of rural, suburban, and urban Minnesotans we’ve brought together in support of this legislation.”
The bill was laid over for further consideration by the committee. Senator Champion said he will continue to push to pass it by the end of the legislative session.