Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

House GOP’s failure to fund broadband hurts Greater Minnesota businesses

Below is a statement to the media from GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman regarding the House GOP’s decision to eliminate funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program. A PDF version of the statement is available here.

“In meeting with business and community leaders across the state, I hear over and over again about the dire need for better broadband in Greater Minnesota. High-speed Internet service is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity for job and business growth. With their decision to eliminate funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband program, the House GOP is ignoring one of the most important economic development issues facing our state. I urge the House Republicans to restore broadband funding and show the businesses in Greater Minnesota that they deserve the same quality Internet service currently available in the metro area.”

Senate Tax Committee to hear updated version of workforce housing bill

At the request of Senate Tax Committee Chair Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearkbrook), Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) has authored SF 1968, an improved variation of the GMNP’s workforce housing proposal. This updated bill provides a 40 percent tax credit for investing in workforce housing in Greater Minnesota and an additional 10 percent tax credit if the investor increases employment by at least 10 new employees per year for three years after the credit is received. The GMNP supports this updated version, which further strengthens the economic development component of workforce housing by encouraging job growth. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Tax Committee on Thursday.