Minnesota is losing a congressional district, as are many other Midwestern states. If Minnesotans want Congress to still care for their concerns in the next decade or two, something must be done to ensure the state's population grows on par with southern states such as Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. These booming states are given an unprecedented amount of attention by the federal government in hopes from both parties to gain the support of voters in the region.

Inevitably, voters in the Midwest will be disenfranchised and disregarded as their votes make up less of the national total, leading to drastic economic decay. Minnesota must take three steps to grow rapidly and with cause to ensure its future: Make Minnesota a sanctuary state, create a manufacturing turntable, and provide an investment center.

Passing legislation to make Minnesota a sanctuary state is crucial for its growth. Immigration leads to job growth, which boosts the economy. A growing economy requires new jobs, and new jobs require new workers. In order to stoke a competitive environment for job applicants, constant growth of the working class is required to power the economy. The proletariat do the work and the bourgeoisie pay the taxes. While this may sound like the state is taking advantage of immigrants, a sufficient living wage would be traded for the labor, as well as the removal of the threat of deportation. Every oppressed person must want to come to Minnesota in order for it to succeed.

But these workers need somewhere to work. The absence of manufacturing jobs is damaging Minnesota; however, the state doesn’t just need to promote long-term contracts but also short-term ones. This creates a boom effect with an underlining baseline income, a never-ending, rotating wheel of contracts. While seasonalized labor creates drought, the demand for the next contract grows, encouraging new business to enter the ring. Large stable contracts such as Boeing in Washington must be encouraged as well. Large employers, such as the Mayo Clinic in Southeast Minnesota, will be given government subsidies in order to reward them for their contributions.

The final component is to use the state as a large investment center. Small and start-up business should experience relaxed taxation compared to larger, previously established corporations. Annual revenue will be used to determine the market for these tax breaks, and the bar should vary by business type. This is to ensure that new businesses and entrepreneurs view Minnesota as a well for new ideas and technologies, and thus further advance the versatility and fertility of the state’s capabilities. Additionally, these goals must be met without damaging agriculture. Farmers provide not only the backbone of both the American and Minnesotan economies but also aid in feeding the world. A lapse in farming productivity could lead to global disaster.

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It is important to remember that while the states are all united, the massive size of the county doesn’t lend itself well to the federal government treating all states equally. Politicians will only care for the states that get them elected, a power that increasingly is leaving the Midwest. To ensure that Minnesota voters are represented in federal government, immediate action is required to dramatically increase the population.

Thomas Stahl is a high school senior in Rochester, currently enrolled full time in PSEO classes at RCTC. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and is a recurring member of the RCTC president’s list.