Pitching a plan to keep St. Paul Ford plant rolling

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 24, 2010 - 10:57 PM

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are to visit Ford's HQ with a package of incentives to keep the plant open.

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norway2010Aug. 24, 1010:15 PM

There are good people working there and I hope Ford understands that.

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minnowsotaAug. 24, 1010:16 PM

Emmer opposed a state job creation bill last legislative session: On March 29, 2010, Emmer voted against a DFL-backed jobs bill, which passed the House 112-20. That bill, among other things, included incentives to keep the Ford plant in St. Paul operating. We'll see if he flips this around to look like he's for it now

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halfabubbleAug. 24, 1010:22 PM

How is he ever going to move up from the low single digits in the Republican polls? Maybe this week he'll come closer to earning his paycheck.

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roscoe2511Aug. 24, 1010:31 PM

Tell us how your beloved T-Paw should not give corporate welfare and give away our tax dollars. Shouldn't he let the free market system work? Shouldn't he allow the Ford Plant to succeed or fail on its own, even if it means the loss of many many jobs? Come on you wingers, complain about your own. I triple dog dare you!

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ak1966Aug. 24, 1010:31 PM

My understanding has been that Governor Pawlenty has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for the GM and Chrysler bailout. These bailouts were done to preserve US jobs. If he is opposed to government interference in the free market, then how can he now be a proponent for incentives to prevent the St Paul Ford plant from closing.

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swschradAug. 24, 1010:38 PM

and the GOP is apparently falling all over themselves to flip their flops this fall. guess even they realize how bad they made things.

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StarquestAug. 24, 1010:47 PM

Corporate welfare is evil. I hope Ford keeps the plant open because it's good for St Paul and Minnesota, but the precedent is just awful.

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furguson11Aug. 24, 1010:51 PM

that incentives work so well.

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darkelfAug. 24, 1011:08 PM

how're those summer flip-flops?

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tomarAug. 24, 1011:09 PM

Get rid of the lazy obstructionist union and that would be more than enough incentive for Ford to stay. Without the union, maybe Ford could go out and find labor that would be hard working, flexible, and ambitious. There would be thousands of people in Minnesota that would fit that description.... but not those in the union.

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