"The Governor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as, the members of this delegation, will have a difficult time convincing our colleagues to support any Volkswagen incentive package," if the plant unionizes, Tennessee state Sen. Bo Watson said, according to the Chattanoogan.
"This past session we added millions of dollars in business incentives, passed an upfront sales tax exemption on capital equipment purchases and cut unemployment taxes by more than $346 million, none of which would be leveraged against a company because of its business model," he said. "Not only has our state created business-friendly conditions, we welcome unionized work forces.”
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
Unanswered questions still surround the fatal police shooting of a black man by police in North Carolina despite a week of rallies and marches calling for wider investigations and more transparency by law enforcement.
Essar Steel Minnesota wants out of a pledge to build a steel plant in Nashwauk by October 2015. Cliffs Natural Resources asks legislators to not give Essar a seven-year extension, which would force Essar to repay $65.9 million in state grants.