(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Senate Democrats are fast-tracking extended unemployment benefits — 26 weeks retroactive to last November — for workers at Cleveland Cliffs’ idled taconite plants in Silver Bay and Babbitt. Silver Bay Mayor Wade LeBlanc told lawmakers it goes beyond economics. He said, “the effects it has on our schools, the effects it has on our volunteer services such as fire departments, ambulance service, coaches. It touches every aspect of the community.” Republican lawmakers raised concerns about length of benefits and employer participation, and are having discussions with Democrats.
Senate Bill Would Extended Mine Worker Unemployment Benefits
By Ashley Hanley|2023-01-10T05:32:24-06:00January 10th, 2023|
About the Author: Ashley Hanley
Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!