Minn. eyes Brazil, South Korea for new trade offices as part of expansion OK'd by Legislature

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 10:05 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Brazil and South Korea are the latest countries where Minnesota officials are preparing to open trade offices, according to advertisements posted Monday that seek contractors to set up the outposts.

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tellyvalkerDec. 2, 13 9:46 AM

Who pays for these outposts and who profits from these outposts? It appears to be a taxpayer funded facility for private businesses to offshore more work and import more cheap foreign labor.

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godiveDec. 2, 13 9:54 AM

Could anyone show that a state level office like this actually products a return on the investment?

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EleanoreDec. 4, 13 7:40 AM

This is NOT the government’s role whatsoever! This is what wasteful spending is defined by and what people in positions above their comprehension quotient look like. PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE can't we have a special election right now to remove these detriments to society from our offices?

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elmore1Dec. 4, 1310:46 AM

Please share the results for existing trade offices.

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julieannemDec. 4, 1310:30 PM

Let's hope some ambitious news reporter does some digging to find out if the taxpayers of Minnesota are benefitting from this spending. Add the cost of all these so-called "political fact-finding trade missions" and the bill keeps growing exponentially. These trips are perks, nothing more. Of all the governors, legislators and local politicians, staffers and tag-alongs (don't forget the spouse and kids) taking these goodwill trips, has anyone kept tabs on the costs versus the benefits????????

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