• Business Agenda

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  • TwinWest is Leader and Expert in Business Advocacy

    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce exists to champion growth and prosperity through catalytic leadership and dynamic partnerships.

    · Inspiring Communities

    · Investing in People

    · Promoting & Protecting Business

    The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce has over 700 members who employee more than 55,000 people in the western Twin Cities.

    We provides grassroots support for business issues.  It is our priority to ensure the business climate in Minnesota is fair and competitive and provides predictability for Minnesota businesses.

    For information on opportunities to be involved and make your voice heard in the public policy and the political process, join us at an upcoming Government Affairs Committee meeting. Visit our upcoming events calendar for dates/ times.


  • Business Agenda

    TwinWest supports legislation that will create an improved business climate for our members, our region, and the entire state of Minnesota. Each year, the TwinWest Government Affairs Committee develops policies to drive the Chamber’s efforts during the legislative session. These policies are published in our annual Business Agenda, available online and in print. The Business Agenda is intended to give business leaders a tool to better understand our positions and to get involved in bringing our message to the Capitol.

    2018 TwinWest Legislative Priorities

    Tax & Fiscal Policy

    TwinWest supports a competitive tax environment for businesses that encourages investment and economic growth.

    ¨ Continue progress to reduce statewide business property tax.  

    ¨ Support conforming to the federal threshold on estate taxes.

    ¨ Use federal corporate revenue gains to reduce corporate tax rates and increase Minnesota business competitiveness.

    ¨ Full Section 179 conformity

    Health Care 

    TwinWest supports policies that ensure access to quality, affordable health care for employers and employees, and transparency in costs and quality.

    ¨ Oppose new health care mandates that increase costs.

    ¨ Strengthen Minnesota’s price transparency laws.

    Statewide Uniform Labor Laws

    TwinWest supports protecting employer flexibility to provide benefits appropriate for their workforce and their unique workplace.

    ¨ To protect regional competitiveness, TwinWest supports consistent, statewide labor laws and opposes actions by local governments to enact inconsistent, costly and patchwork  mandates on private employers.


    TwinWest supports a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation system that provides for the effective movement of people and goods.

    ¨ Support full dedication of transportation related revenues from the general fund to   transportation infrastructure and transportation-related costs.

    ¨ Support a safe, efficient and multi-modal transportation system that ensures the region remains economically competitive.

    Education & Workforce

    A well-educated, world class workforce requires effective investment from early childhood through various training and higher education.

    ¨ Support changes to the state’s training and workforce system to ensure business needs are met and training dollars are used effectively and efficiently for the betterment of the economy.


    Guiding Principles

    ¨ Commitment to Sustained Economic Competitiveness

    ¨ Defense of the Free Market Economy

    ¨ Efficient, Responsive, Appropriate Government

    The ability of our communities and our region to attract and retain businesses and skilled  workers depends on Minnesota’s economic competitiveness in a global market. TwinWest supports policies, laws, and other actions that will reduce taxes, produce consistent business regulations, and streamline regulatory processes at all levels of government.


    For more information on the TwinWest Business Agenda, contact:

    Deb McMillan, Vice President of Public Policy
    (763) 450-2225 | deb@twinwest.com

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