FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deb McMillan, Director of Government Affairs
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
Date: January 28, 2016
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Releases Business Agenda 2016
The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce has released their 2016 Legislative Business Agenda. “TwinWest arrives at their business agenda through a very deliberate process”, said Deb McMillan, Director of Government Affairs at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. “We gather information from our members through surveys, business councils and data collected through a series of interviews with members known as Grow Minnesota! visits.”
The first issue is business property tax relief. “Minnesota businesses pay some of the highest business property tax rates in the nation”, said Brad Meier, President of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to local property taxes, Minnesota businesses pay an additional statewide business property tax that was levied in the early 2000s and is automatically increased every year. With a nearly $2 billion surplus, now is the time for legislators to enact meaningful tax relief and improve competitiveness for Minnesota businesses.”
Next, TwinWest Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of a ten-year, multi-modal transportation funding package, which includes the state’s share of funding for the Southwest Light Rail project. “The efficient movement of goods and people in important to help facilitate commerce”, said McMillan. “Business recognizes that transportation funding is a core function of government, we support efforts to use general fund dollars and the surplus to help fund a portion of the transportation package, in addition to the more traditional method of bonding.” We continue to ask for increased efficiency in both MnDOT and Met Council operations to ensure that each transportation dollar is used as effectively as possible.
For more information and to view the entire TwinWest Business Agenda, see www.twinwest.com.
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce represents more than 600 businesses and 55,000 employees in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities.