Watching the debate at the Legislature over the state budget the week of June 21, I found myself wanting to remind folks of the revenue sources for some of those budget dollars.
Projects like Line 3 are responsible for millions in tax revenue for our state legislators to spend. Last year alone, Enbridge paid $43 million in property taxes to the state of Minnesota. Those are tax dollars that play a huge role in what our legislators decide should be funded.
Taxes from projects like Line 3 mean more money for our schools and parks or our roads and bridges. While we often hear arguments about spending tax dollars, we should recognize from where those dollars originate. For the Line 3 pipeline project, I am grateful we will be seeing this investment in our state for years to come.
On top of the tax revenue, more than 5,500 workers have been hired for this project, and their travels to construction sites and through our towns have brought an impressive boost to communities throughout the 14 counties along the pipeline route. Not only is the hiring of these pipeline workers hugely beneficial to them and their families, it’s also beneficial to small businesses in rural Minnesota.
Out-of-town workers have stocked up on winter clothes and new summer gear. Some workers are working on sites on the opposite side of Minnesota, leading them to stay in hotels or motels and helping local establishments along the way.
I have heard many stories from shop owners who credit the Line 3 project for saving their business after the struggles of 2020. The impacts of the Line 3 pipeline project have been immediate and also will be long-lasting, and I am grateful for the incredible economic benefits for our state.
James Du Champ
The writer is mayor of Plummer.
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