Session enters final weeks

April 10, 2012

MHTA – Legislators are back in their districts this week for their Easter/Passover recess – resting and gearing up for their final few weeks of session. While legislators are home, please take this opportunity to be in touch and share you support for MHTA’s legislative agenda. You can find out who represents you here.

MHTA continues to advocate for funding for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority (MnSTA). The bill that included funding for MnSTA did not meet committee deadlines, but Rep. Tim Mahoney and Rep. Greg Davids are working to amend the language into HF1721 when it is heard in the House Ways and Means Committee. It is important that legislators hear from you why MnSTA is a critical component of a strong technology sector. You can find more information about the proposal here (insert link to MnSTA fact sheet here). Please take 5 minutes to email your state representative and state senator expressing your support.

Neither the House or Senate have passed their bonding bills yet this session. The Senate and Governor’s proposals include significantly more STEM and research facility projects. MHTA continues to advocate for all of the STEM-related projects still under discussion. The facilities are critical infrastructure to prepare a skilled and diverse workforce and encourage research that leads to commercialization.

The Omnibus Tax Bill Conference Committee met for the first time last week to walk through the differences in the two bills. MHTA continues to monitor several components of the bills that will strengthen technology companies. The conference committee will reconvene following the recess.

If you have any questions about how to contact your legislator or about the MnSTA legislation, please contact MHTA’s Public Policy Manager.


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