“Minnesota is facing a jobs crisis like never before in state history,” said Rukavina, who noted that the state has traditionally enjoyed job growth and unemployment rates that were better than the nation as a whole.
“I'm calling on Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special session to address our deteriorating unemployment situation and other neglected state needs,” said Rukavina, a Democrat who heads the state House committee dealing with work force issues.
“We are the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and we were the land of plentiful jobs, but since Tim Pawlenty took over, a dangerous and disturbing pattern has affected our job market,” Rukavina said. “Instead of the North Star State, we're becoming the No Jobs State.”