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Jared Leese, a 28-year-old leasing and marketing coordinator for a property management firm, said his college degree has been a boon in his job, which requires only a high school education. “I don’t think I would consider myself underemployed,” the Bloomington resident said.
Still undecided in the race, Leese said his main concern isn’t the economy. “Businesses seem to be doing well, stock market seems to be doing well, but state spending on education and infrastructure has slowed,” Leese said.
With fewer than three months until the general election, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund, the political arm of the state chamber, has not yet decided whether it will make an endorsement in the gubernatorial race, said interim president Bill Blazar.
Its priority this fall is to help elect candidates who are “pro-business, pro-jobs,” Blazar said. The Chamber’s PAC has already made dozens of endorsements for House races.
Blazar said the economy will continue to be an issue voters look to, citing a recent slowdown in the pace of growth. State figures show that employers have added only 2,900 jobs since January. “The economy doesn’t have the same kind of excitement,” he said.
“I think anytime you see a weaker job number, you wonder if it’s the start of a trend,” Blazar said. “Election or no election, people and the business community follow those numbers very carefully.”
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