MN House Committee to Discuss Economic Impact of NHL Lockout

By KBJR News 1

MN House Committee to Discuss Economic Impact of NHL Lockout

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The NHL lockout will be the focus of an upcoming Minnesota House Committee hearing in January.

The lockout passed it's 100th day on December 24th, and according to Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-52B), the impact is reaching beyond NHL owners and players.

Rep. Atkins, the incoming Chair of the Minnesota House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, has scheduled a hearing on January 23rd to discuss the economic impact the lockout is having on Minnesota communities.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Colemon is set to testify at the hearing.

“Hearing from Mayor Coleman and the players will be helpful, and I hope to have NHL owners there, too, to explain why a business with record-setting revenues is shut down,” said Atkins. “But I’m really hoping to give a voice to all those folks who are being hurt by this through no fault of their own – the restaurant servers, the parking lot attendants, the vendors, the fans, the small business owners – they are the ones who are suffering.”

To date, the economic loss to St. Paul is estimated by city officials at $9 million. Non-partisan House Research estimates the NHL work stoppage has cost $5,863,903 in lost state and local tax revenue.

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