The Chamber's top legislative priorities of 2022
Accelerating Economic Growth
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help the 6,300 businesses and half a million employees that we represent, so they can expand the economy and opportunities throughout the state. Minnesota’s employers, employees and communities are counting on lawmakers to accelerate economic growth in 2022.
Record surplus and double-digit spending increases
Minnesota is flush with cash, including:
- $7.7 billion budget surplus
- $1.15 billion in unspent federal funds
- $2.66 billion in budget reserves
An enormous budget surplus and overflowing government coffers is not the time to ask the public for more money. With historic and recurring budget surpluses and the state budget set at 12% growth, it’s time for policymakers to take a serious look at Minnesota’s tax and spending patterns.
Accelerate economic growth
Prevent double-digit payroll tax increases harming employers and employees.
- Use existing funds to replenish the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund
Lower tax burdens to make Minnesota more competitive.
- Lower uncompetitive tax rates to encourage economic growth
- Adopt tax incentives to encourage innovation, investment and productivity
- Adopt remaining federal conformity for hard-hit industries
Enact workforce strategies to ensure a talented pipeline for the future, including:
- Workforce payroll tax refunded for customized training
- Licensing and credentialing changes
- “Productivity incentive”
- Support for the Page Constitutional Amendment
Do no harm
Enact no new mandates or regulatory burdens on employers
- Allow businesses to recover from COVID-19 without imposing further rules, regulations and restrictions
- Give employers autonomy to make appropriate, responsive decisions for their workplace and changing economic conditions
- Require timeliness, accountability and predictability in the environmental review and permitting process
- Prevent increases on health care and energy costs
The Chamber now offers legislative transcripts
Do you work at the Capitol? Covering multiple committee hearings and overlapping floor debate can be difficult. The Chamber can provide written transcripts of bills debated this session! Each clip costs just $10 and this service is only available to Chamber members.