At the Capitol - Week of April 9, 2018

At the Capitol - Week of April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

The Legislature is back in session following its recess. The pace will pick up considerably as the House and Senate leadership are expected to release their budget targets this week. Any bills that carry a price tag must pass out of committee by April 20. Omnibus bills will begin to get compiled, and the action will turn from committee hearings to floor votes. The session’s constitutional adjournment date is May 21.

The timing is perfect to join us for Business Day at the Capitol. Connect face-to-face with legislators to advance the policies critical to growing your business in Minnesota.

Click here for a report from Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber president.

Business Day at the Capitol
April 18, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Register
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Boulevard

Your Business. Your Legislator. Your Day.
Your voice makes a difference.

11:00 a.m. - Registration Open/Networking
Pick up your essentials for the day and network with peers before lunch.

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Welcome & Key Messages for 2018 Business Priorities (plus a little Advocacy 101!)
Roll up your sleeves and familiarize yourself with the policies that will affect your business growth. Plus, get refreshed on lobbying tips before meeting with legislators. Attendees will receive written materials outlining priority legislation.
Doug Loon, president, Minnesota Chamber
Laura Bordelon, senior vice president, advocacy, Minnesota Chamber

Discuss the issues and use your newly learned lobbying skills with fellow business leaders.

Luncheon Keynote Presentations
Legislative leader gives "insider" update on session progress.

Tales of Two Businesses: Two small business owners will share how policies at the Capitol affect their business decisions, and how they are speaking up to keep and grow their businesses in Minnesota.
Brooke Lee, CEO, Anchor Paper Company, St. Paul
Joe Powers, Owner, Canadian Honker, Rochester
Molly Jungbauer, CEO, Hollstadt Consulting, Mendota Heights - moderator

1:30 p.m. - Board buses to the Capitol
Board the bus immediately after lunch and be dropped off at the Capitol steps in time for your prearranged appointments with legislators.

2:00 p.m. - Appointments with Legislators & Leader Briefings on Key Issues
The Minnesota Chamber staff can schedule personal appointments, or you can schedule your own.

Stop by one of the legislative leader briefings in the State Office Building Room 500 N.

  • 2:00-2:30 p.m. – Taxes, Senator Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Workforce mandates/local mandates, Senator Jeremy Miller, R-Winona
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. – Transportation, Representative Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. – Child care/healthcare affordability, Representatives Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, and Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne

3:45 p.m. - Buses return to the InterContinental
Buses will pick you up where they dropped you off and return to the hotel.

4:00 p.m. – Adjourn




In the news: Editorial: Minnesota should reduce tax rates to be competitive (West Central Tribune, Willmar)

In the news: State, local chambers pushing Legislature for tax reform (Mesabi Daily News, Virginia)

In the news: Minnesota Chamber promotes lower tax rates (Chaska Herald)

n the news: MN Chamber: High tax burdens a barrier to economic growth and improvement (Wahpeton Daily News)

In the news: What should lawmakers consider when rewriting state tax policy? Five experts weigh in. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

In the news: Editorial: Chamber is right: It's an opportune time (Grand Forks Herald)

In the news: Editorial: Now's the time for income tax relief in Minnesota(Fargo Forum)

In the news: State chamber, businesses look for lower tax rates (Fergus Falls Daily Journal)