Senator Baldwin Tours Superior

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- From shipping to manufacturing, US Senator Tammy Baldwin says Superior is successfully positioning itself for economic growth.

This comes after the 1st term Senator made multiple stops in Superior including Midwest Energy Resources Company and Kestrel aircraft, two positive places for current and future economic growth.

"That's pretty impressive for the city of Superior to have that potential," said Senator Baldwin Thursday.

In her first eight months as a US Senator, she cast her vote for the Water Resources Development Act--a piece of legislation that would provide funds for invasive species prevention and dredging projects around the Great Lakes--important projects to keep the Twin Ports shipping industry competitive.

"The federal government really helps out with whether it's dredging with the shipping canal or helping start up businesses like Kestrel Aircraft," said State Rep. Nick Milroy.

Another impressive feature is the possibility of hundreds of jobs landing lakeside.

Kestrel aircraft picked Superior to build and assemble airplanes and in a couple of years, the company could bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

"I have been very dedicated to keeping us a strong and vibrant manufacturing state," said Baldwin. "We need those good paying jobs."

But, while touring St. Mary's hospital, the Senator says good paying jobs could be leaving Superior thanks to a change in federal law.

"If that designation were lost, the reimbursement rates would change somewhat, to the negative." said Baldwin.

If the federal government changes the way hospitals qualify to become Critical Access Hospitals, it could impact rural health care and make Superior less attractive to talented health care professionals.

It's a proposal that Baldwin is fighting in Washington. But she says this Congressional fight should not and says overshadow the good things happening in the Twin Ports.

Senator Baldwin says she's teaming up with other lawmakers in the Senate Rural Health Caucus to see what can be done about the proposed changes to Critical Access Hospital designation.