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Policy Committees

Join a policy committee

You have the opportunity to help shape our legislative agenda by joining a policy committee. These committees are co-chaired by Chamber lobbying staff and a member organization. They meet regularly and discuss the policy landscape of everything from the environment to taxes and health care. We encourage you to be heard in the legislative process! 

Contact one of our staff leads below to learn more about joining a policy committee. 

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Education and Workforce Development Policy
Ensure that Minnesota's K-12 and postsecondary 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: Eric Gibson, CEO, Indigo Signs
Staff: Lauryn Schothorst
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Energy Policy
Ensure reliable, cost-effective power at competitive prices for Minnesota’s businesses. Encourage development of renewable/clean technologies by using incentives and market forces instead of additional government mandates. Discontinue cost-shifting of electricity rates for commercial and industrial customers. Represent business customers before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Chair: Jason Janisch, Jasper Engineering and Equipment Co.
Staff: Brian Cook
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Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Increase efficiency and streamline the environmental review and permitting process. Promote communication and coordination among state agencies. Promote and educate members and the public on the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Allow mining, forestry and agriculture to grow under sensible government regulations. Represent business customers on regulatory issues before the Department of Natural Resources, the Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Agriculture.

Chair: Gretchen Spear, International Paper
Staff: Tony Kwilas
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Fiscal Policy
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: Dale Busacker, Director - SALT, KPMG
Staff: Beth Kadoun
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Health Care Policy
To ensure quality care is affordable and accessible to all Minnesotans while enhancing the ability of employers to provide coverage to their employees. 

Chair: Carlos Seoane, Deeloh Technologies, Inc
Staff: Bentley Graves
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Workplace Management Policy
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: Martin Kappenman, Shareholder, Peters, Revnew, Kappenman & Anderson, P.A. (PRK&A)
Staff: Lauryn Schothorst
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Transportation Policy
Ensure Minnesota maintains a safe, reliable, multimodal transportation system that provides for the needs of employers and employees by delivering projects as efficiently, cost-effectively, and transparently as possible.

Chair: Patrick Baker, Western Governors University
Staff: Bentley Graves