House DFL to focus on jobs

Democrats in the Minnesota House have announced plans to establish a new bipartisan jobs panel for the 2013 session.

House Speaker-Designate Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a news release today that Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, will chair the Speaker’s Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs. Thissen said the group of DFL and Republican lawmakers will research, investigate, report and propose legislation to address the decline of living wage jobs, and look for ways to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.

“Minnesota’s economic success hinges on the ability of hardworking Minnesotans to earn a decent living and provide for their family, but that basic bargain has been chipped away for many middle class Minnesotans,” Thissen said. “I am confident this committee will bring good ideas to the Legislature so that we can grow our economy from the middle out and move this state forward.”

Rep. Winkler said he plans to hold hearings in St. Paul and other regions of the state to gather ideas.