As he addressed Duluth business leaders at the DECC Wednesday night, Senator Al Franken said that right now our national debt is 93 percent of our GDP. After World War II, he said that number was much larger, at 121 percent. Back then we invested in infrastructure,manufacturing, education, and innovation, like the space program.
“Out of the space program came all sorts of useful things, technology and communications and all that spawned new industries,” Franken said it’s now time to do that again, to help the next generation thrive tomorrow. The key is now manufacturing. He said nearly half of the manufacturers in our state have positions going unfilled because they lack qualified applicants.
“These jobs require critical thinking, problem solving, and STEM skills like science, technology, engineering and math,” Franken applauds the new Lake Superior College Health and Sciences building for encouraging more education in those areas. He said giving people the tools to fill those jobs will not only benefit those who take them by giving them a paycheck, but also local businesses because those people will then become their cutsomers.