Rep. Paul Rosenthal, small-business caucus co-chair, attended Small Business Minnesota’s most recent public policy committee meeting in early October. We focused on the upcoming 2016 state legislative session and approved the Small Business Minnesota 2016 state legislative agenda. The session begins in March and may only last 8-weeks. Other meetings will be scheduled in the near future.
Small Business Minnesota also discussed the 2016 agenda and other small-business issues with Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Secretary of State Steve Simon, Minority Leader Paul Thissen, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the new MNsure small-business board member, Edgardo Rodriguez. We plan to meet with other leaders throughout the coming weeks and months.
Among the issues being discussed are: affordable health insurance for small business owners and employees; proposed small-business tax “assistance” that disregards 98 percent of Minnesota’s small businesses; adequate Internet access for small businesses in Greater Minnesota; transportation to get goods to market, employees to work and customers to our doors; environmental impacts on small businesses; patent trolls, payday lenders and frivolous ADA-related lawsuits targeting small businesses; and more.
Interested in becoming more involved, attending the next meeting or sharing your public policy concerns? Contact Small Business Minnesota public policy director by email Audrey Britton, or phone (612) 807-1211.