GMNP joins forces on letters to conference committees
This session the GMNP has been working closely with the Minnesota Chamber, the League of Minnesota Cities, and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) on workforce housing issues. This week, we joined forces with on a jointly signed letter that outlines the various workforce housing proposals that our organizations support and shares our hopes that this issue will be a priority during conference committee negotiations. The letter was sent to the chairs of the conference committee and relevant staff members at the House, Senate, DEED, MHFA and Governor’s Office.
GMNP President Ann Goebel and CGMC President Sara Carlson also jointly sent a letter to members of the Tax Conference Committee that describes our organizations’ top goals for the final tax bill:
- A $45.5 million increase in Local Government Aid (LGA) funding.
- A workforce housing tax credit funded at $6 million a year in FYs 2018 and 2019.
- Improvements to the Greater Minnesota Internship Tax Credit so that it can be used by more students and employers.
- A $100,000 statewide property tax exemption for businesses.
Communicating with the conference committee members and legislative leaders is very important as the session winds down. We hope that by joining forces with other organizations like the CGMC, LMC and Minnesota Chamber we will increase our chances of success this session.
We also encourage our members to forward the letters to their legislators and ask them to speak with their leadership and members of the conference committees to support workforce housing and other top GMNP priorities.