Kalin Goes To Washington

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 6:14 am

jeremykalinWASHINGTON, D.C. – State Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL – Chisago County), who co-chairs the Minnesota Green Jobs Task Force, is traveling to Capitol Hill Wednesday, February 4, to speak at the national Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. Rep. Kalin is also scheduled to speak at a legislative forum in Washington on green jobs entitled: Green Policies: Protecting the Environment While Spurring Job Creation.

“Minnesota is extremely well-positioned to put folks to work and save energy within weeks of passing green jobs bills at the state and federal levels,” said Rep. Kalin. “We are asking our Congressional Delegation to ensure the maximum investment in energy efficiency and green jobs training in the recovery bill coming out of Congress this month.”

While in Washington, Rep. Kalin is scheduled to meet personally with Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation to discuss the potential green impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Kalin will relay to federal lawmakers Minnesota’s strong commitment to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and growing new jobs in this fast-growing, competitive industry. He will also emphasize the need for investment in home weatherization, solar development, and energy efficient windows for homes and for public buildings – projects capable of creating long-term employment for thousands of Minnesotans.

“Green jobs are the key to revitalizing Minnesota’s economy,” Kalin said. “We need to train Minnesotans, and give them tools necessary to become more energy independent, make our economy more efficient, and make Minnesota a nation leader in green industries.”

Rep. Kalin is drafting legislation that will create thousands of Minnesota jobs renovating public buildings and weatherizing homes statewide. This is just one component of a comprehensive Green Jobs plan to put Minnesotans to work modernizing the state’s buildings, and making Minnesota a more competitive environment for green industries.
“It’s an honor to speak at this conference, and to bring Minnesota’s Green Jobs message to Congress,” said Kalin. “The time for Green Jobs is now.”

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