US Senator Al Franken has introduced his “Back to Work Minnesota” plan in an effort to improve Minnesota’s employment picture. He says a big part of that plan is meeting with leaders around the state about retrofitting buildings to boost energy savings. Franken says “Back To Work Minnesota” will put people back on the job in the building trades and manufacturing. He says buildings consume about 40% of the nation’s energy. Franken says that the other issues he plans to address this year for Minnesota include extending the payroll tax cut for a full year, wind projects, biodiesel tax cuts, and getting blender pumps to expand the use of ethanol.