MHTA – Newly elected Legislative majorities, new leadership and a more than 30 percent turnover among state legislators means there is a fresh opportunity for high-tech companies to reintroduce themselves to policy makers and make the case for policies that will grow Minnesota’s economy. Both parties ran on platforms that included growing jobs, so it is critical that the high-tech sector provides input about how state government can best support private sector job growth.
The House and Senate are now busy reorganizing themselves for the upcoming session. With the change in majorities in the House and Senate comes a change in leadership. The following individuals were elected to leadership positions:
- House Speaker – Paul Thissen, Minneapolis
- House Majority Leader – Erin Murphy, St. Paul
- House Minority Leader – Kurt Daudt, Crown
- Senate Majority Leader –Tom Bakk, Cook
- Senate Assistant Majority Leader – Katie Sieben, Newport
- Senate Minority Leader – David Hann, Eden Prairie
- Finance Committee Chair – Dick Cohen, St. Paul
- Senate Tax Committee Chair – Rod Skoe – Clearbrook
Additional information about the remaining committee chairs will be announced in the coming weeks. MHTA is paying particular attention to the chairs of the taxes, economic development, education and higher education committees.
In the meantime, MHTA is finalizing its 2013 legislative agenda later this month. The agenda focuses on fostering a competitive business climate, developing a 21st century workforce and supporting efforts to utilize technology to better provide government services. Look for a final agenda in an upcoming issue of TechTuesday.
In addition, MHTA is beginning to reach out to the newly elected Senators and Representatives and especially those in leadership positions prior to session. To see who represents your company, enter your address here.
Please consider reaching out to introduce yourself and your company and offering yourself as a resource during the upcoming session. If you are interested in hosting your legislators for a company visit or would like a sample introductory letter, please contact MHTA Public Policy Manager, Joanna Dornfeld, at firstname.lastname@example.org.