GMG Advocacy on Business Support

FromTheDomeAs you’ve likely seen, state/federal/local governments are considering a number of policy options to support businesses during these unprecedented times. Greater Mankato Growth will do all we can to keep our business community up to date on the latest developments via this blog page and our COVID-19 resources page. Check back frequently as the policy situation is rapidly evolving.

In addition, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is taking proactive measures to advocate for business support measures. This morning Greater Mankato Growth signed onto a letter with our chamber colleagues from across the state asking the state of Minnesota to do the following: Continue reading “GMG Advocacy on Business Support”

Announcing GMG’s 2020 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session next week Tuesday. As always, Greater Mankato Growth 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.

GMG’s board of directors has also approved a set of policy priorities that GMG will monitor and advocate on in the coming legislative session. The policy priorities were derived from a thorough vetting process, including surveying of members, consideration and discussion by the organization’s Public Affairs Steering Committee, and ultimately, approval by the Board. These priorities represent a series of policy issues (federal, state & local) that are of interest to our members and our regional marketplace.

Key issues that GMG will advocate on this year are Highway 14 expansion and support of enhancements at Caswell Park, including a new regional field house. In addition to our own organization’s priorities, GMG partners with organizations that help magnify our voice in advocating for key priorities. GMG is an affiliate member of the following organizations. Continue reading “Announcing GMG’s 2020 Policy Priorities”

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. Continue reading “Announcing GMG’s 2018 Policy Priorities”

Bang For Your Membership Buck

PA LogoGreater Mankato Growth works hard to ensure that your membership investment creates value for your business. One of the way’s we do that is through our public affairs advocacy on key policy issues. In addition to pursuing our own advocacy agenda, GMG partners with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to support state-level policies that benefit the business community – and 2017 was a very successful year at the legislature.

From a reduction in the statewide property tax to a reduction in unemployment insurance taxes, every business will see savings from these legislative initiatives. In all, advocacy efforts advanced by the MN Chamber and supported by GMG generated nearly $4 billion in estimated business savings. Check out the infographic below for more details.  Continue reading “Bang For Your Membership Buck”

Taxing Times

taxing-timesIf you haven’t had a chance to pick up the February edition of Minnesota Valley Business yet, be sure to check out this month’s featured article “Taxing times.” It features David Richards of Jones Metal (a member of Greater Mankato Growth’s Public Affairs Steering Committee) and Patrick Baker, GMG’s Director of Government & Institutional Affairs talking about a topic that is top of mind for many during this tax season – the state’s business tax climate.

Read the full article online here.

Policy Priorities for 2016

The Minnesota Legislature will gavel into session on March 8. 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 next week for a post that will review the upcoming session and preview key issues businesses should keep an eye on.

GMG’s board of directors has also approved a set of policy priorities that our organization will pursue in the 2016 session. I’ve highlighted our top priorities, including Highway 14 expansion and extension of the local 1/2% sales tax below. GMG’s priorities are also supportive of the policy positions of the Greater Minnesota Partnership (which include broadband expansion and workforce housing, among others). And for the first time, GMG endorsed the Minnesota Chamber’s policy priorities as a federation partner. This year the Chamber is focused on reducing the statewide business property tax and securing a long-term transportation finance bill. You can check out GMG’s full slate of policy priorities here. Further, if you’d like additional background on our policy process, check out our advocacy flow chart. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (pbaker@greatermankato.com / 507-385-6657) Continue reading “Policy Priorities for 2016”

We’ve got issues. I hope you do too.

The Legislature will gavel into session on March 8, 2016. With a budget surplus of $1.2 billion and several key policy issues like taxes and transportation unresolved following the 2015 session, next year’s legislative session promises to be very important to our community and businesses. Continue reading “We’ve got issues. I hope you do too.”