SBDC Holding Minnesota Wage Theft Law Seminar

wage theft.jpgIn May 2019, the Legislature passed a new Minnesota Wage Theft Law to create additional protections for workers and add criminal penalties for employers. Wage theft occurs when an employer avoids paying or fails to pay wages earned by its employees. GMG published a blog highlighting these new requirements here.

For additional information, you can also attend an overview presentation on Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Law hosted by The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on October 16. More details on this event are below. Continue reading “SBDC Holding Minnesota Wage Theft Law Seminar”

2019 Legislative Session – What Happened (And What Didn’t)?

FromTheDomeThe 91st legislative session kicked off on January 8, 2019 after a November election that saw Mankato native Tim Walz elected governor, the House flip to DFL control, and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate through the one open seat up for a special election. This made Minnesota the only state in the union with divided party control of its legislature.

The administration and legislature discovered in February that they would be working with a $1 billion budget surplus, which was slightly less than projected in the November forecast. Both Democrats and Republicans announced their session priorities early, and it was apparent compromises would have to be made. While it took a special session to finalize the budget, Governor Walz and the legislature reached agreement on a $48.3 billion biennial General Fund budget. This represents a 6% increase in state spending. The bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Governor and legislative leaders spends roughly $48.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the previous biennium. About half this increase goes to E-12 education.

Here’s a quick rundown of what happened — and what didn’t — on key issues for employers and the Greater Mankato area. Greater Mankato Growth was actively engaged on all of these issues and more on behalf of our members. Continue reading “2019 Legislative Session – What Happened (And What Didn’t)?”

Legislative Session Recap Breakfast

2018_Forum SeriesJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our June Public Affairs Forum breakfast as we recap the 2019 legislative session.

Wednesday, June 12
7:30 – 9:00 am
South Central College, Heritage Hall

Register here Continue reading “Legislative Session Recap Breakfast”

House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing in Mankato

minnesota_state_capitol_3-300x225The Minnesota House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee will hold a field hearing in Mankato this coming Friday, March 8. The Committee will hear testimony on HF 538 – a bill that would provide funding to complete the expansion of Highway 14 to four lanes between Nicollet and New Ulm. This a great opportunity for residents and businesses of Southern Minnesota to make their voice heard. Below are additional details on the hearing and how to sign up to testify. Continue reading “House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing in Mankato”

Workplace Mandate Bills Under Consideration at Legislature

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature is considering a series of bills that would mandate that employers provide certain benefits to their employees. These proposals include state-mandated paid time off policies, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, and predictive scheduling. The Legislature will begin hearings on these bills this week. Businesses are encouraged to weigh in with our legislators with their thoughts on these issues. Additional details on the proposals under consideration and how to contact your legislators follows. Continue reading “Workplace Mandate Bills Under Consideration at Legislature”

Your Election Toolkit

vote buttonGreater Mankato Growth is your one-stop-shop for all the information you’ll need to exercise your right to vote in the 2018 election. On our Election Toolkit website, you’ll find online candidate profiles, candidate forum videos and details on how and where to vote on November 6. Our online candidate portal features information provided directly by the candidates themselves including biographical information and their response to a questionnaire. Elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard. By providing our members, as well as the broader community, access to the information presented in our Election Toolkit we hope to enable them to make informed voting decisions.  Continue reading “Your Election Toolkit”

Watch Now: District 19A Forum

19a forumVoters in Minnesota District 19A will be asked to select a new state representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Jeff Brand (DFL) and Kim Spears (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Election Season Means Candidate Forums

candidate forums.pngThis election season, Greater Mankato Growth, along with several partner organizations will host a series of candidate forums aimed at providing an opportunity for meaningful exchange between candidates and voters in areas impacting the community, business and the overall vitality of the region. Greater Mankato Growth is announcing the forums for federal and state office that our organization will host in advance of the November General Election. The public is invited to attend any and all of these free events. There is no registration needed for the candidate forums. We continue to work on arranging candidate forums for local offices and an announcement on those forums will be forthcoming.

The scheduled forums include: Continue reading “Election Season Means Candidate Forums”

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. Continue reading “Minnesota Tax Conformity: What’s Next?”