$550,000 from state helped to lure Pinnacle airline jobs

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 11:16 PM

Minnesota pledged to pay Pinnacle for transferring headquarters to Twin Cities if the airline created 200 jobs.

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mattaudioJan. 25, 13 8:21 PM

How did the $35 million dollar deal work out for downtown Memphis less than two years ago?

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FrankLJan. 25, 13 8:36 PM

I hope the state got a good contract, from what I have read, the airlines are going to start phasing out the 50 seat cigar tubes that Pinnacle flies due to the pilot shortage.

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Lifeguard06Jan. 25, 13 8:58 PM

frank, pinch a nickle needs to retire or find new flying for the CRJ200 because the delta pilot contract says delta can't have more then 125 50 seat regional jets.

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MN's loneliest REPJan. 26, 13 2:56 AM

Maybe if our business environment was better, we would not have 'buy' jobs at $2500 a crack...maybe companies would want to relocate here without the state having to doll out cash. It seems to me the state wrote a big check to Delta not to long ago...and where are the bulk of those jobs now ? Atlanta maybe ?

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texas_technomanJan. 26, 13 5:37 AM

This deal didn't "create" any jobs...just moved them from one state to another. Polaris, on the other hand, actually "created" new jobs by expansion...we need more of the latter, less of the former.

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greg62Jan. 26, 13 6:28 AM

I just knew there was more to the story than when this was first reported. Jobs don't just end up in Minnesota's hostile business climate anymore without taxpayer funded incentives. Too bad we can't attract businesses like Texas and other low tax states.

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fridaydogJan. 26, 13 7:56 AM

Minnesota blueprint. Have high taxes, then use the money to buy the jobs. Why not just keep the taxes down. Like Texas. I don't see them buying jobs.

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truthfullJan. 26, 13 8:06 AM

MAC should look into how much money it could save by closing Crystal Airport. It looks like a dump,is used by few planes,staffed by FAA crew that nothing to do but play cards all day. Move what few planes to other planes to Anoka County,Flying Cloud or Priceton and sell the land for developement.

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ctrudaJan. 26, 13 8:42 AM

Glad to have them back here. However, these are not new jobs to Minnesota. These just replace the old Mesaba jobs that were eliminated to reduce redundancies and/or moved to Memphis. Not even opposed to the incentive from the state, just don't appreciate the sloppy reporting.

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grendelmonJan. 26, 13 9:18 AM

They're getting rid of the crj200s because Delta is demanding it (since they own the aircraft/leases). They 200s are losing money because of the cost of fuel. It has nothing to do with pilot shortages.

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