Letter: Bill Ingebrigtsen, Mary Franson fought tax increases, supported businesses

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

To the editor:

The 2021 session was long and contentious, but important for Minnesota’s economic recovery. We want to acknowledge Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen’s good work to help Minnesota employers and employees get back to business and for fighting against vast tax increases and new mandates on business that would have made Minnesota an even tougher place for companies to succeed and grow.

The Minnesota Senate was especially helpful for Minnesota businesses. Senator Ingebrigtsen:

  • Voted to make sure PPP loans weren’t taxed in Minnesota. The Senate took this vote in March before taxes were due.
  • Helped make sure workers wouldn’t have to pay income tax on unemployment benefits received during the pandemic.
  • Voted to extend health care reinsurance for individuals, keeping premiums reasonable.
  • Voted against legislation that would have made Minnesota one of the highest tax states in the country – despite a state budget surplus and availability of billions of federal dollars.

We also want to acknowledge the leadership of Rep. Mary Franson on these efforts. We appreciate our legislators support for main street businesses in this community and for helping to make sure our state bounces back from the economic challenges the past year has thrown our way.

Tara Bitzan, executive director, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce


Doug Loon, president, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

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