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Minnesota Chamber outlines legislative priorities

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce launched its legislative agenda at its annual Session Priorities event Tuesday, outlining initiatives to grow the state's economy for the benefit of all Minnesotans.

Four major priorities will frame the Minnesota Chamber's lobbying at the Capitol. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce will advance this agenda as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation.

"We made headway on several fronts at the 2017 Legislature, boosting investments to grow Minnesota's economy. There's additional opportunity this year. Leading our agenda, the federal tax bill creates the need and opportunity for our Legislature and Gov. (Mark) Dayton to rightsize Minnesota's tax system for the benefit of individuals and businesses alike," said Todd Paulson, chair of the Minnesota Chamber Board of Directors in a news release. He is vice president and chief financial officer at RTP Co. in Winona.

The top priorities this year, according to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, are:

• Tax competitiveness: Reduce high tax burdens that continue to rank among the top barriers to economic growth and improvement.

• Workplace mandates: Minimize workplace regulations so businesses spend less time complying with laws and have more time innovating and creating jobs.

• Transportation: Provide long-term funding for roads, bridges and transit.

• Workforce and Affordability: Ensure a talented workforce has access to affordable housing, child care and health care, and remains among Minnesota's greatest assets.

Paulson applauded local chambers of commerce for their commitment to a strong economy, the news release reported.

The Minnesota Chamber Federation represents about 40 local chambers of commerce statewide united with the Minnesota Chamber representing business.