Relieve Supply Chain Woes
Thank you for reading as we continue the Knecht-Four Point Plan to Cut Living Costs. We already discussed the importance of reducing Minnesota’s tax burden and combating the labor shortage by increasing the workforce participation rate and closing the skills gap. Now we will cover point three: relieving supply chain woes.
As we all know, Minnesotans have had a harder time obtaining goods – whether it is baby formula, shortages in schools, and microchips that seemingly go in everything these days. Minnesota companies are also having trouble getting their products out to the larger world.
Admittedly, fixing the supply chain will require more than state government action. However, there are several ways the state government can improve the supply chain and elected officials must do everything they can to cut living costs. Specifically, Minnesota officials can take steps to improve transportation networks, ensure key supplies for children and students, and expand the semiconductor sector in Minnesota.
- Improve Transportation Networks: We can improve Minnesota’s supply chain networks by investing in infrastructure improvements to bridges, highways, and railroads to make it easier and cheaper to move goods to and from Minnesota.
- Ensure Supplies of Essential Items for Children and Students: Last winter, some schools in Minnesota had to ration milk because of a paper carton shortage. We cannot let that happen again. The state should work with businesses and local school districts to ensure children and students have the items they need to flourish each and every day.
- Expand the Semiconductor Sector in Minnesota: Minnesota has a small but strong semiconductor manufacturing industry. Long-term, we should find ways for semiconductor companies to expand their production capabilities and invest in targeted workforce development to improve the resiliency and robustness of the semiconductor supply chain.
The state government can improve the supply chain by improving transportation networks, ensuring supplies of essential items for children and students, and supporting the semiconductor industry. Elected officials must do everything they can to cut living costs and I will do just that if elected to the Minnesota House.