LETTER: Line 3 project will boost economy
Our state’s unemployment rate has been on an upward trajectory since the beginning of the pandemic, without much sign of improvement. Since it’s looking like we can’t count on our leaders to pass a bonding bill or any legislation to help our economy come roaring back, we need to look at opportunities from private industry.
How do we do this?
Well, we could again take the advice given by a Public Utilities Commissioner and commit to construction and infrastructure projects that would help our state. The Line 3 Replacement Project is a perfect example of this.
Not only has this project been ready and approved for the better part of five years, it would put over 4,000 union laborers to work, pour over $2 billion of private money into our state's economy and ensure that we had a reliable source of safely transported petroleum for the foreseeable future.
Even if we do stop using petroleum by the year 2050, we still are going to need it to get to that point. This project will not only help the unemployment rate in our state, it will boost our economy.
We need to start controlling what we can, and if we can put Minnesotans back to work, we need to do it. We need to put the welfare of our citizens in front of political gains, it is time for Gov. Walz to stop playing games and approve this project.