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Chamber sets legislative priorities on taxes, regulation

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to launch a legislative agenda at an annual "session priorities" event on Feb. 20, outlining initiatives that the chambers say will 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 Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will advance this agenda as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation.

The top priorities this year 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 that our talented workforce has access to affordable housing, childcare and health care, and remains among Minnesota's greatest assets.

"We made headway on several fronts at the 2017 Legislature, boosting investments to grow Minnesota's economy," said Todd Paulson, chair of the Minnesota Chamber board of directors. "There's additional opportunity this year. Leading our agenda, the federal tax bill creates the need and opportunity for our Legislature and Governor Dayton to rightsize Minnesota's tax system for the benefit of individuals and businesses alike.

Paulson, who is also vice president and chief financial officer at RTP Co. in Winona, applauded local chambers of commerce for their commitment to a strong economy.

"The Minnesota Chamber Federation represents about 40 local chambers of commerce statewide united with the Minnesota Chamber to speak with one voice on the critical issues affecting Minnesota businesses."

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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