ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- New details about a state push to recruit a giant pharmaceutical company are surfacing as the Legislature gets closer to signing off on a subsidy plan.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development has released a copy of a confidentiality agreement it signed with Baxter Healthcare Group while privately crafting the incentive package. The agreement was signed in early February and kept lawmakers in the dark about the plan until they began voting on the awards in April.
A state official says it's the cost of doing business, but some lawmakers say the secrecy went too far.
The Senate votes Monday on a large piece of the Baxter subsidy, an exemption from the state sales tax on construction materials. All told, the firm could reap $15.4 million in state assistance.
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.