Senator Grant Hauschild’s Proposal to Extend UI Benefits for Northshore Miners Passes Jobs and Economic Development Committee

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Monday, the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee heard Senator Grant Hauschild’s bill (SF 40) to extend unemployment insurance benefits for laid-off workers at Northshore Mining. The committee heard testimony from several stakeholders who spoke in favor of the legislation, including Silver Bay Mayor Wade LeBlanc, Lake County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Janelle Jones, United Steelworkers Local 11 Staff Representative John Arbogast, and Lake County Commissioner & retired Northshore miner Rick Goutermont. After considering testimony and discussing the proposal, the committee passed the bill on a voice vote. The measure is on track to move to the full Senate later this week as a result of Senator Hauschild’s determined work to pass the bill in short order. 

Senator Jason Isaacson’s statement on Round 10 Dual Training Grant

The Round 10 Dual-Training Grant has been awarded to two recipients, Apple Tree Dental and IPS Cranes, to provide select employees with on-the-job training and industry-standard credentials in their respective fields. These resources will provide these employees with the opportunity to advance their careers and further their education.

AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative Accepting Applications

To help communities in northern Minnesota respond to the COVID-19 crisis, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army will be participating in the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative this summer. This initiative will help AmeriCorps members serve in critical roles such as supporting food shelves, assisting homeless individuals, providing child care, assisting older adults and other important roles.

Senate DFL Caucus Jobs Bill Puts People Back to Work

Today, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent, Senate DFL Capital Investment Lead Sandy Pappas, Assistant DFL Leader Senator Jeff Hayden, and Assistant DFL Leader Senator Nick Frentz unveiled their 2020 jobs bill at a Capitol press conference. With less than two weeks left of session and no bonding hearings scheduled in the Senate, they expressed an urgency in getting a bonding bill passed.

Application window open to apply for equity funding grants

Non-profits across the state have the opportunity to apply for funding from eight new and existing programs. The funding is meant to serve a wide variety of people – including women in high wage, high demand and non-traditional jobs, emerging entrepreneurs that are either women, people of color, veterans or those with disabilities or grants can help aid organizations in need of a variety of business needs like financial management or strategic planning.