Loggers look to state
A House committee backed measures that would provide relief to the state's struggling timber industry.
The bill, authored by Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, allows for timber permits issued by the state to be terminated. Under the legislation, those permits could be repurchased at substantially lower prices as a means to revitalize the industry in Minnesota, which proponents of the bill said is on shaky ground due to a slipping housing market.
Despite concerns over the bill's long-term gains from Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, the bill passed through a House outdoors committee and was referred to a finance panel. Moe said timber leaders in his area said the measure "picks winners and losers" and another solution to the industry's financial problems is needed.