Move the primary election to June.
Draw legislative district lines by commission.
Stagger terms for state senators.
Reform the legislative process to increase transparency.
Energy: Cost Based Rates
To encourage job growth and business investment in Minnesota, while providing greater transparency in
utility rate setting process, the Chamber believes it is necessary for cost of service to be the primary
factor in setting electric rates (i.e., cost-based rates).
Minnesota businesses statewide have expressed frustration and concern about the time required to process environmental review documents and environmental permits. To maximize competitiveness in a global economy, companies seeking industrial permits – whether for existing, expanding or new facilities – must be assured of the clarity, timeliness, predictability and accountability of the environmental review and permitting process
Health Care Exchange
The state should fully engage and translate business expertise and input into creating a facilitator-model exchange. Because exchanges remain contentious due to their affiliation with the federal health care law, the Chamber supports a sunset of a state exchange in the event that PPACA is repealed. But the Chamber supports creation of an exchange for the private sector if it is created in a market-driven manner that increases the purchasing power of individuals and businesses.
Postsecondary Education & Workforce Development
Postsecondary Readiness: Better Alignment of K-12 and Postsecondary Education.
Align K-12 academic standards and assessments.
Expand postsecondary options for high school students.
Integrate career and workforce awareness into the K-12 system.
Deliver Value - Make Postsecondary Education More Affordable and More Efficient.
Expand performance-benchmarked funding and improve cost control efforts.
Produce certificates/degrees in workforce demand areas.
Improve affordability for students.
Spending & Tax Reform
Policy-makers should attack spending reform from three fronts: First, change the state budget process so its aim is to prioritize state programs, have measureable outcomes for all programs, and make funding decisions based on both priorities and outcomes; second, redesign services to maximize value, i.e. results per dollar spent; and, third, evaluate and, where appropriate, reduce overhead expenses to improve efficiency.