The 2016 legislative session began on March 8 with a lengthy discussion about the growing economic hardship on the Iron Range as a result of illegal foreign steel dumping. Although the full Legislature has yet to pass a 26-week extension of unemployment insurance benefits, we extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Governor and state legislators who are fighting for the families, businesses and communities on the Iron Range. The Iron Ore Alliance recently sent a letter of support for this legislation to all members of the Minnesota Senate and House. Click below to learn more about the proposed legislation.
According to new findings from the U.S. Department of Commerce, corrosion-resistant steel imports from China will be taxed at 256 percent due to ongoing sales at unfairly low prices. This is an important step in the right direction as we work to put an end to the illegal practices that are hurting America’s steel industry.
Steel is the backbone of our economy and is critical to economic and national security. It supports our bridges, takes our buildings to new heights, transports goods and services, and is found in everyday appliances in our homes. Minnesota is America’s largest producer of iron ore – a natural resource and key ingredient in the steelmaking process.
The Iron Ore Alliance calls on Minnesota House and Senate members to join us in the fight against illegal trade. Members can show their support by co-sponsoring a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress and President to forcefully address illegal trade practices that are severely impacting the iron mining industry, workforce, and communities in Northern Minnesota.