Pro-Job Bills

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Dear Friends,
A reminder that Rep. Kurt Bills is running for the U.S. Senate endorsement and will be speaking at a Simply Right event at Tobies, Thursday, Apr. 12 at 6 p.m. More Info >

Here is an update on the various pro-job bills we are working on in the House.  In addition, the Legislature passed a photo ID bill.  Minnesotans will be asked the following question on their November ballot: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”  Since, 1858, our Minnesota Constitution has been amended 120 times, most recently in 2008.

Pro-Job Bills

Reduce and Eliminate the Statewide Business Property Tax

  • Phase out statewide tax on business property over a 12 year span beginning in 2014.
    • Exempts 70% of the first $150,000 of value for all business property in tax year 2013, especially benefiting rural small businesses.
  • Freezes statewide tax on business properties for one year.

Private Sector Innovation

  • Angel Investor: Permanently increase the limit from $12 million to $17 million. Enhanced effort to push more investment in Greater Minnesota.
  • R&D: Increase the Research and Development tax credit by $25 million to encourage entrepreneurship and job growth.
  • Support Emerging Industries: Help small start up Minnesota companies access immediate capital to expand.

Job Training and Placement

  • Create Internship Grant Program aimed at attracting and keeping talent in Greater Minnesota. Provides a 40% grant up to $1250 per intern.
  • Provide a tax credit for employers who hire veterans who are disabled, unemployed or receive food stamps. This tax credit is up to $14,400 per veteran.

Lawsuit Abuse

  • Improves fairness in litigation and drastically reduces the rate of excessive claims that eat up court time and prevent businesses from investing in jobs and innovation.
  • Minnesota’s lawsuit environment is one of the worst in the nation, making it easy to game the system with frivolous and abusive lawsuits. Our businesses operate in a climate permeated by the fear of these frivolous lawsuits and windfall verdicts that can lead to layoffs, decreased production or shutdowns.
  • These reforms are supported by 45 regional Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations that together represent more than 60,000 employers in Minnesota.

Red Tape

  • Speed Up Process
    • Provide more options and different ways for job creators to efficiently and effectively move through the permitting process.
    • Allow job creators to hire outside experts to help them draft permits.
    • Remove duplicate reviews
  • Navigate the Process
    • Hold DEED Commissioner accountable for administration and implementation of environmental permits.
    • Create a jobs advocate to support new and developing businesses.
  • Permissive Permitting
    • Issues minor permits in 60 days if MPCA/DNR fail to approve or deny minor permits or minor amendments in that time frame.
  • Start Construction Faster
    • Allow construction projects to start prior to receiving permits if it doesn’t violate federal law.
  • Reform Rulemaking
    • Allows Legislature to object and amend rulemaking; requires Sunset Commission to determine which ones to repeal, amend or leave alone.
    • Levels the playing field for businesses and citizens directly impacted by state agency permitting and rulemaking by make the Office of Administrative Hearings in contested cases the final say-not the state agency.

As always, your comments on these other issues are welcome.

Sincerely,
Roger Crawford
421 State Office Building
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0518
rep.roger.crawford@house.mn

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