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“Based on tonight,” he said, “I left around 5 p.m. and [a compatriot] 10 minutes before that, and we just arrived here. I understand that’s a short-term problem, but that is a big concern to our employees.”
On the other hand, that cringe factor could end up being to the benefit of local workers. If there’s attrition due to the move, he said, “Those jobs we hope will be filled by folks who’d love to work in Shakopee rather than fight traffic on 169 to get to a job in the cities.”
The subsidies passed overwhelmingly in a joint session with the Scott County Board, with County Commissioner Joe Wagner noting that even if most of the jobs don’t go to local people, the workers still will eat lunch at local restaurants during the workday.
“I always figure that when people are getting that kind of money, they are able to go to lunch and spend money in the community, even if they live in Edina,” he said. “They still are here eight or nine hours.”
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