Kelly Fenton, the Deputy Chairperson of the Minnesota GOP, issued this statement after Cargill announced it was expanding operations in Colorado, not Minnesota:
While Governor Dayton and Democrats in the legislature were busy raising $2.1 billion in new taxes this spring, two more Minnesota companies were making plans to move operations out of our state. It’s embarrassing that Governor Dayton was unable to keep these jobs here. Instead, Colorado will benefit from new job opportunities that should be reserved for Minnesota families.
Governor Dayton talks about “taxing the rich,” but he’s actually hurting average hard working families, in this case employees at our local flour mills. Minnesota needs a Republican Governor and a Republican Legislature that will fight for Minnesota jobs, and fight to encourage companies from around the country and around the world to expand and relocate here in Minnesota.
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Cargill isn’t just a Fortune 500 company. They’re a big union employer. Now they’re moving their operation to Colorado. After Dayton, the DFL and ABM (which should now stand for the Alliance for a Broker Minnesota) told us a) that companies don’t leave because of taxes, b) people are willing to pay more for Minnesota’s high quality of life and c) that companies love Minnesota’s education system, this is what the new venture’s president said about moving:
Why Denver? Dan Dye, Horizon’s president and Ardent’s CEO-to-be, said in a statement that the decision “will allow us to offer great quality of life for employees, provide excellent service to our customers and position the business for long-term growth.”
For all of the DFL’s arguments about the wisdom of their legislative agenda, Cargill wasn’t impressed. It’s apparent they weren’t moved by Minnesota’s quality of life. In fact, they spoke about Colorado’s quality of life, which is a direct shot at Gov. Dayton and the DFL. They spoke about how Colorado was positioned for “long-term growth.” That’s a shot at Minnesota, too.
I’ll add another thing to this mix. Cargill didn’t mention the DFL’s “historic investment in education.” For all their insisting that we had to make these investments, the DFL was just slapped in the face by a Minnesota company moving a major operation from the state to Colorado.
The DFL’s protestations notwithstanding, Cargill moved its operations to Colorado. That refutes Gov. Dayton’s insistence that the Dayton/DFL/ABM budget was moving Minnesota in the right direction.