Public Policy



Public Policy Committee Meetings

The MetroIBA Public Policy Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, noon - 1:15pm, at the MN Council of Nonprofits in Saint Paul.

We welcome you to join us and help advance MetroIBA's policy agenda.


MetroIBA 2016 Public Policy Agenda approved Nov 12, 2015:

Downloadable: 2016 Public Policy Agenda approved Nov 12, 2015

Federal Issues
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Net Neutrality
  • Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty
  • Sales Tax Fairness
  • Labeling of GMOs
  • Access to Capital (Jobs Act)
  • Salaried Employees, Salary Cap Increase, Overtime Pay: Small business exemption
  • EMV Chip Technology: chip in credit cards and the liability of those who have or don't have it.
State Issues
  • MNsure
  • MNVest
  • American Disabilities Act / MN Human Rights Act that allows predatory litigation
  • State Surplus Use
  • Labeling of GMOs
  • Income Tax - Promote tax policies that are simple in administration and compliance, and that encourage economic growth fairness between large and small businesses.
  • Telecom Regulations
Local Issues
  • Local Procurement
  • Sick and Safe Leave (Mpls)
  • Sick and Safe Time (Saint Paul)
  • Telecom connectivity, ensuring that locally owned small businesses have high speed internet access.
  • Improved technical and financial assistance for startups and expansion of locally owned independent businesses.
  • Tax fairness (this could include right of way, sales tax, etc.).
  • Setting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) not to exceed 5% of municipal tax capacity.
  • Banking Equity
  • Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
  • Promote land use, parking policies, and decisions responsive to the needs of locally owned independent businesses.


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2014 MNSure Info:

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