Add a job, get a bonus? Minn. bill dangles awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a new grant program that would give government rebates and bonuses to companies that upgrade facilities and add new jobs.

The proposed $18.5 million Minnesota Job Creation Fund is a feature of an economic development package set for consideration Thursday by a House budget committee.

The program includes awards of up to $2,000,000 to eligible companies engaged in the manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, information technology, finance and insurance industries. The companies have to commit to spending a minimum amount on construction or capital projects and add a certain number of employees to their payroll each year.

The grants would depend on the size of the expansion, number of new employees and worker pay.

Positions paying at least $45,000 could fetch companies awards of $3,000 per worker.

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