Minnesota Chamber kicks off legislative agenda

Published 8:22 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and its statewide network of local partners launched their legislative agenda at the annual Session Priorities event Feb. 11, outlining initiatives to grow the state’s economy for the benefit of all Minnesotans, according to a press release. The Minnesota Chamber Federation unites and amplifies the voice of the statewide business community, representing more than 43 local chambers and 21,000 businesses, the release stated.

“We look forward to a constructive session, working with Governor Walz and the Legislature advocating for policies that will create economic opportunity for all Minnesotans,” Chamber President Doug Loon said.

Loon applauded local chambers of commerce for their commitment to a strong economy.

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“The Minnesota Chamber Federation speaks with one voice on the critical issues affecting Minnesota businesses in their quest to create economic opportunity across the state,” he said.

Five major priorities will frame the Chamber Federation’s initiatives at the Capitol:

• Workplace management: Oppose one-size-fits-all state mandates that limit employers’ ability to design competitive benefit packages for employees. Support state legislation that prohibits local government labor mandates.

• Tax competitiveness: Support reforms by adopting federal conformity with Section 179 business expensing rules that will help small businesses invest in their future.

• Environmental sustainability: Support policies that drive private investment and help employers reduce environmental impacts.

• Health care: Support requiring a cost-benefit analysis as part of any proposed insurance mandate to state law.

• Education and workforce development: Support private-sector initiatives to increase employer engagement in worker training. Support policies that ensure student readiness for postsecondary education and careers.