Welcome to the 2016 Legislative Session!

The 2016 Legislative session officially kicked off today in St. Paul. This abbreviated 10-week session will be fast-paced and hopefully productive for the people of Minnesota. The capital investment bill (also known as the bonding bill) and two holdovers from last session—the tax bill and a comprehensive transportation bill—will be the marque items discussed and hopefully passed before the session ends. According to state law, the session must end on or before Monday, May 23.

The Greater Minnesota Partnership is working on several bills this year, including our top issue of establishing a Workforce Housing Tax Credit. A version of this was included in the Senate tax bill last year and we are hopeful that the House will agree to fund this much-needed tax credit program as well. In addition, the GMNP working on broadband and obtaining bonding money for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) grant program.  

Once again the GMNP is joining its sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cites (CGMC), for Legislative Action Day on March 16. It will be a great opportunity to meet with legislators and advocate for the issues that are important to Greater Minnesota businesses and communities. More than 100 people have signed up to attend this year’s event; we are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

As always, we want to thank our members for your ongoing support of the GMNP. As the session continues, we may call on you to contact your legislators or participant in other advocacy efforts. Please continue to check your email inbox for future editions of the GMNP’s “Economic Advantage” newsletter, Action Alerts and other correspondence.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman at dan@gmnp.org.