The 2021 legislative session was long and difficult, but very important for Minnesota’s economic recovery. Before we move on to the next season of opportunities and challenges, we need to recognize Sen. Paul Gazelka and Sen. Carrie Ruud as well as Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Rep. Dale Lueck and Rep. John Poston. Their hard work helped Minnesota employers and their teams get back to business.

We appreciate our legislators fighting against tax increases and business mandates that would have made our state an even tougher place for companies to succeed and grow. Together, our representatives:

  • Voted to ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans weren’t taxed in Minnesota. The Senate took this vote in March before taxes were due.

  • Voted to ensure workers wouldn’t have to pay income tax on unemployment benefits received during the pandemic.

  • Voted to extend healthcare reinsurance for individuals, keeping premiums reasonable.

  • Voted against legislation that would have made Minnesota one of highest tax states in the country — despite a state budget surplus and availability of billions of federal dollars.

These efforts enabled our state to quickly bounce back from economic challenges. On behalf of our members, we thank them for supporting small businesses — the backbone of our state economy.

Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce president

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Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president