GOP gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers talks job growth opportunities in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota State Representative and GOP gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers met with business owners in Duluth Thursday to discuss how to bring greater opportunities to the Northland.

Zellers met with the owner of Grandma's Restaurant in Duluth to discuss minimum wage increases and strategies to retain businesses that might otherwise move across the border to Wisconsin.

He says as governor he would make a number of changes, and would start conversations that current Governor Mark Dayton has chosen to avoid.

"Having an automatic inflation increase in the minimum wage, when other states don't have it, it cuts into that fixed cost structure, so what can you expect as a business owner? You don't know what inflation is going to do every year, that absolutely cuts into what can you pay your employees per hour," said Zellers.

Zellers also says if elected governor, one of his top priorities will be mining.

He says copper- nickel mines would not only create jobs in the industry, but would have a spin-off affect, boosting employment across all sectors in the Iron Range.

Elsa Robins