Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Minnesota Tax Conformity: What’s Next?

tax_reform_buttons_cbiesFollowing Governor Mark Dayton’s veto of legislation that would have conformed Minnesota’s tax system to the new Federal tax law, there is uncertainty as to what this means for businesses and individuals. The following guest blog courtesy of Eide Bailly provides a helpful overview of where things stand and the key issues to follow moving forward.

 

Should you wish to discuss this issue further, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Free Trade and the Impact on Minnesota

2018_Forum SeriesRegister now for a free luncheon forum on June 20 – Free Trade and the Impact on Minnesota. With international trade supporting more than a quarter million jobs in Minnesota, the current turmoil in the international trade system poses significant risks for the state. We’re pleased to be joined by experts from the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Minnesota-based Center of the American Experiment who will debut new research about the impact of trade on Minnesota’s economy and discuss the importance of trade policies that prioritize free trade and opening new-markets.

Wednesday, June 20
12:00 – 1:30pm
Sakatah Trail Room, Greater Mankato Business Development Center (1961 Premier Dr, Mankato)

Though the event is free, we ask that you please RSVP here,as lunch will be provided. Read More

2018 Legislative Session: What Happened?

FromTheDomeThe Legislature convened in February with some optimism. The state had a modest surplus that would allow some budget flexibility and a general agreement on what bills needed to be passed, if not the specific provisions they would contain. However, that optimism was in short supply as the session ended on May 20 with the Legislature, under the threat of vetoes to several bills, passed a very large budget/policy bill, a tax bill that would conform Minnesota’s tax system to the new Federal law, and a bonding bill. Governor Dayton subsequently vetoed both the federal tax conformity and supplemental budget bills, representing the bulk of the Legislature’s work this session. The Governor did sign the bonding bill, which contained top priorities for the region. Following is a summary of what happened at the Legislature in 2018. Read More

Highway 14 Construction Through Mankato Coming this Summer

hwy 14 construction mapThis summer from June 11 – July 14, Highway 14 through Mankato and North Mankato (Lookout Drive to Highway 22) will be resurfaced bringing significant construction impacts including lane and ramp closures. Read more for information on opportunities for businesses and residents to get informed so you can minimize impacts to you and your customers. Read More

Sexual Harassment Legislation Impacting Business Under Consideration

FromTheDomeBills are pending in the Minnesota House and Senate that lower the bar for employees to bring claims of sexual harassment against employers. Members interested in contacting their legislator on this matter can find who represents them and their contact information hereRead More

What’s Happening at the Legislature?

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The Minnesota Legislature is in recess, returning to the Capitol on April 9 for a final sprint until they adjourn on May 21. This is an ideal time to talk with your legislators about the key issues of importance to you and your business before they resume work on your priorities.

Following is an update on the key issues that Legislators have been working on and are expected to tackle once back in session.

Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for further updates as the Legislative session progresses. Read More

MN Chamber Business Day at the Capitol

chamber 2Greater Mankato Growth invites you to join a delegation of Greater Mankato Business Leaders on April 18 as we travel to St. Paul to participate in the Minnesota Chamber Business Day at the Capitol. This event brings business leaders from across the state together to collectively advocate for key business issues. With the Legislature considering a major tax reform bill this year, it’s critical that our legislators hear from business leaders.

Greater Mankato attendees participating in this event will help raise the visibility of our region among state leaders as well as speak directly with legislators about the top issues for your business and our community. The event kicks off at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul with a legislative briefing and keynote luncheon then we travel to the Capitol for sessions with key legislative leaders and meetings with our local legislative delegation.

REGISTER HERE

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Looking for Great Candidates for Local Government

I-want-you-small-for-webLike it or not, for good or bad, local government has a big impact on businesses in Greater Mankato and indeed, our overall community. Luckily, we have a strong tradition of well-run, financially-strong, clean local governments that have been a great asset, but this didn’t come by accident. It took dedicated women and men willing to step up and bring their expertise and sound judgment to bear in service to the public. Always remember that it only takes one election to make a mess of the progress we’ve collectively worked so hard to earn in our community. To be clear, this isn’t a statement about those currently in office, rather an argument that our democracy works best when we are engaged and involved in our government. That’s why it is critical that citizens are able to choose from a strong slate of candidates for local office at this November’s election. Read More

2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel

Hans OlsenJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our April Public Affairs Forum Luncheon 2018 Economic Outlook Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel.

Tuesday, April 10
11:30 am – 12 pm
Verizon Center, Ellerbe Room

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Greater Mankato Capitol Caravan

Capitol_Caravan[1]This year, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is introducing Greater Mankato Capitol Caravan, a new way to advocate on behalf of your business and community. Read More

Announcing GMG’s 2018 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session today. As always, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) will keep our members up to speed on key issues and provide the information you’ll need to be an advocate for your business. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the coming months as we post updates on key issues businesses should keep an eye on. Read More

Greater Mankato Construction Showcase

road constructionGovernment agencies in the Greater Mankato area are ramping up for one of the largest road construction seasons in recent history in 2018. To help the public prepare, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will host Mankato’s first ever multiagency construction showcase on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 – 6 pm at MnDOT District 7 Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato.  The public is encouraged to stop by and plan for construction in 2018 on major corridors including Highways 14, 22 and 169. Read More