Faust: Fur Post Likely to Stay Open
The heat turns up this week in St. Paul as legislators try to pass a handful of key bills, including the budget, with just one week remaining in the session. The state is facing a $4.6 billion deficit over the next two years. DFLers in the House and Senate are pushing for tax increases, increases Governor Tim Pawlenty says he will veto.
Last week, the governor broke out the veto pen to an Economic Development bill because of a provision to forgive St. Paul of $33 million in state loans for the Xcel Energy Center. Representative Tim Faust says the House and Senate eventually passed the bill without the provision, and he says, if the governor signs the bill, it could mean good news for the Northwest Company Fur Post in Pine City.
The Fur Post is one of three Minnesota Historical Sites on the chopping block because of potential cuts to the Minnesota Historical Society. Faust says even though changes are still likely, the Fur Post’s future appears bright.
The Fur Post attracts over 13,000 visitors to Pine City every year. It currently employs 20 people, four full time employees and 16 part-time.