House ignores small business owners’ pleas on environmental policies

The House passed an environmental bill that adversely affects many Minnesota small businesses. Generally, big corporations with highly paid lobbyists were given unlimited time to testify and access to the House Environmental committee while small businesses’ attempts were largely squelched. Write to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Minority House leader Rep. Paul Thissen, and contact all members on the House and Senate environmental committees and tell them you support small businesses. 1) Keep programs that help small businesses in green energy fields, a future economic driver and employer, i.e., wind and solar energy. 2) Keep or further limit chemical dumping like sulfate into wetlands that will harm or destroy downstream small businesses, i.e., wild rice producers.