Policy Committees

Policy Committees

Your issues and opinions drive our agenda at the Minnesota Legislature – whether advocating for a competitive tax policy, demanding quality health care at a good value, or seeking a world-class education for all kids. Consider joining one of our policy committees. Help shape and advance the policies to help your company thrive in our challenging economy. Join a committee today!

Education and Workforce Development Policy Committee

Ensure that Minnesota's K-12 and post-secondary education systems are producing a workforce prepared to meet the demands of our global economy. Increase accountability for spending and strengthen performance standards for students and institutions.

Chair: Jeannee Hoppe, 3M
Staff: Stacey Stout, 651.292.4661
Email: sstout@mnchamber.com

Energy Policy Committee

Ensure reliable supply and competitive electric rates by increasing conservation, base-load generation and transmission system capacity. Encourage development of renewable technologies by using incentives and market forces instead of additional government mandates. Represent business customers before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Chair: Kent Koerbitz, UPM, Blandin Paper
Staff: Cam Winton, 651.292.4663
Email: cwinton@mnchamber.com

Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee (ENRPC)

Streamline, shorten the timeline and reduce the cost of environmental permitting. Ensure that climate change policy is addressed at the national or international levels and not state or regional levels. Represent business customers on regulatory issues before Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Chair: Kathryn Anderson, Wenck Associates, Inc.
Staff: Tony Kwilas, 651.292.4668
Email: tkwilas@mnchamber.com

Fiscal Policy Committee

Advance reform in state spending for more cost-effective delivery of programs and services. Advance tax reform that will create a more stable source of revenues and encourage the growth of business in Minnesota.

Chair: Joe Effertz, Black Forest
Staff: Beth Strinden Kadoun, 651.292.4678
Email: bkadoun@mnchamber.com

Health Policy Committee

Make quality care affordable to all Minnesotans by ensuring that the 2008 state health care reforms are implemented. Advance a policy for long-term health care. Monitor and weigh in on the federal debate over health care reform with regard to its impact on Minnesota businesses.

Chair: Molly Jungbauer, Hollstadt Consulting
Staff: Bentley Graves, 651.292.4682
Email: bgraves@mnchamber.com

Labor/Management Policy Committee

Reduce employer costs by addressing workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, wage issues and other employer mandates. Maintain the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council process for recommending changes to law.

Chair: Heidi Gunderson, Woody's Rebar Company
Staff: Cam Winton, 651.292.4663
Email: cwinton@mnchamber.com

Small Business Policy Committee

Ensure that small business perspective is considered in development of all Minnesota Chamber policies.

Chair: Jarrod Peterson, Touching Hearts at Home
Staff: Sean O'Neil, 651.292.4674
Email: soneil@mnchamber.com

Transportation Policy Committee

Support recommendations of the Strategic Management and Operations Advisory Task Force as a first step toward exploring greater efficiencies in the Minnesota Department of Transportation operations and projects. Increase transportation project allocation in general bonding bill.

Chair: Ryan Steen, International Paper
Staff: Bentley Graves, 651.292.4682
Email: bgraves@mnchamber.com