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Minnesota Legislature passes bill giving hiring preference to veterans

Associated Press

April 16, 2012 10:37 PM GMT

The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov Mark Dayton a bill that would allow employers to set a hiring preference for veterans and some of their spouses

The House approved the measure Monday after the Senate passed it last month Both votes were unanimous

The bill allows private employers to express a hiring preference for all veterans, and spouses of veterans who have died or have a service-related disability

House bill sponsor and veteran Rep John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said that veterans are experiencing an "astronomical unemployment rate" and "we need to give them every tool possible to get them a job"

Lawmakers have considered a handful of bills this session to boost jobs for veterans, including tax credits for businesses that hire veterans and contracts for veteran-owned businesses

About 2,700 troops are expected to return to the state over the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs The Minnesota National Guard said a survey shows that about 20 percent of them will be looking for jobs when they come home

Kriesel said he expects Dayton to sign the bill, though the governor has not yet indicated his position

Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said he is "very interested in every opportunity for our veterans to find meaningful employment"

She noted that the governor proposed his own tax credit for employers hiring veterans and others who were previously unemployed
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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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