Posted at 10:30 AM on July 11, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Well be talking increasingly about the shutdown's ripple effects on Minnesota businesses. One really interesting test of that comes this afternoon as PolyMet Mining makes its case that state officials working on an environmental review of its proposed copper-nickel mine should be allowed to go back to work.
The proposed PolyMet project is a huge deal for northeastern Minnesota.
MPR News reporter Stephanie Hemphill wrote recently that the mine is projected to provide nearly 400 jobs and the company says it's already spent $30 million on the environmental review.
Roughly 10 employees from various agencies are needed to keep the project on track, the company says.
The PolyMet case is one to watch. Many different kinds of businesses are already starting to suffer from the shutdown. Canterbury Park has had to stop it horse racing operations, temporarily laying off 1,000 workers because the Minnesota Racing Commission, which oversees Canterbury, is shuttered because of the budget impasse.
So how does a court decide which business-government connections must be sustained in state budget shutdown?
A few weeks the Duluth News Tribune reported PolyMet is running low on cash.
Should it be a jobs issue? Should it matter if the company and a jobs creating project for Minnesota are put in jeopardy because of the shutdown?
The hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. .
If they allow this then they may as well pack it up and send everyone back. If an environmental review for a private mining company is essential then everything is.
Agree completely w/ Jim. The mining company should be pleading to the Republican leaders and the Governor to get the deal done and balance the budget. This is just an early example of the impacts that will continue to be felt if the folks at the Capital can't get their work done. It's not just about parks folks.