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article imagePawlenty: Obama dictating where companies can create jobs

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By Michael Krebs
Apr 28, 2011 in Politics
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In a piece published in the National Review Online, Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty accused the Obama administration of overstepping federal bounds on job creation.
Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty, in an opinion story carried by the National Review Online on Thursday, described the Obama administration's interference on a Boeing job creation plan in South Carolina as an over-reach by the federal government.
Boeing had been planning to build an airplane production facility in South Carolina, where right-to-work laws would allow the manufacturer to produce aircraft more cost-effectively.
"Last week, the Obama administration filed a lawsuit to prevent a company, Boeing, from creating new jobs in one state rather than another," Pawlenty wrote. "This is another outrageous overreach by the federal government. Not only do we now have a law forcing people to buy a good or service (i.e. health care), the federal government is now dictating where companies can and can’t do business!"
Attorneys general in nine states have come out against the National Labor Relations Board on the matter, according to Bloomberg.
“Our states are trying to emerge from one of the worst economic collapses since the Depression,” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson wrote, according to the Bloomberg report. “Your complaint further impairs an economic recovery.”
Aside from the federal interference, President Obama's labor union support was also of concern to Mr. Pawlenty.
"The Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board filed the lawsuit because Boeing plans to build a new airplane production plant in the right-to-work state of South Carolina," Pawlenty wrote. "The New York Times called the suit 'the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relationship Board under President Obama.'”
A hearing on the labor board's recommendation has been scheduled for June 14.
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