Monday, July 18, 2005

Hoeven is an “empty suit” on job creation

A year ago, Governor Hoeven held a press conference to announce that Verifications Inc., of Maple Grove, Mn., was expanding to Mandan, N.D., with as many as 250 jobs. Hoeven is quoted in the Bismarck Mandan Development Association newsletter of July 28, 2004 as saying, “Verifications Inc. is a wonderful example of a flourishing company that has chosen to expand operations in North Dakota over neighboring states…”

But on July 1, 2005, the Bismarck Tribune ran a story stating that Verifications Inc. has apparently decided not to follow up on its promise to Mandan, and instead has sent these jobs to Mitchell, S.D. The Tribune, however, failed to follow up and ask Hoeven for comment.

Good job, Governor Hoeven! North Dakotans can count on you to be there to announce the good news, but you can slink away when it doesn’t pan out. These actions clearly show how you are ineffective as a job creator. You're all sizzle, but no steak.

Our own governor will cross the state on taxpayer money to announce the creation of a job to install stop signs, but really isn’t effective when the rubber hits the road. What did Hoeven do to keep Verifications Inc. to its promise? Nothing.

I would like to know if the Verifications announcement was merely a pre-election ploy for the upcoming 2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Was it ever even real?

Hoeven even mentioned Verifications Inc. in his 2005 State of the State address as an example of good North Dakota economic development. Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch.