Minnesota Democrat wants to study impact of North Dakota oil boom on his state

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A proposed $150,000 study would examine how Minnesota could leverage the North Dakota oil boom for its own benefit.

The research would not focus “just on the effects (of the boom), but also how we can possibly benefit and position ourselves to take advantage of that,” said Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, sponsor of the bill outlining the report.

State Senate Tax Committee Chairman Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, laid over Eken’s proposal for possible inclusion in a larger tax bill that could be voted on later during the session.

Some Minnesota businesses already are benefiting from North Dakota’s hot economy. Some companies are helping expand local infrastructure. Others are selling energy-industry items. Still more are providing drilling and safety equipment.

Among the negatives the boom yields is increased worry about rail safety, particularly since several trains carrying crude oil travel through Minnesota. Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, brought up that concern during a House transportation panel hearing earlier this month.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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