MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota lawmakers are expected to decide this week whether to call a special session.
They want to extend jobless benefits for workers on the Iron Range.READ MORE: Brooklyn Center Issues Last-Minute Curfew, 100 Protesters Arrested Friday Night
In 2015, about 2,000 steelworkers were laid off during some point. Since that time, about 670 mining-related workers have seen their unemployment benefits expire. That number is expected to exceed 1,000 by the time lawmakers convene in March.READ MORE: Deployment Of National Guard Makes Some Feel On Edge, Others More Safe
Senator Amy Klobuchar said the layoffs are due to the over-production of steel in countries like China and Australia.MORE NEWS: Pedestrian Struck And Killed In Hopkins, Driver Taken Into Custody
As of now, there is no sign the mines will open again soon.