Public Policy



2016 Legislative Networking Event

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2016 MetroIBA Legislative Networking Event

Metro Independent Business Alliance (MetroIBA) will host a gathering for metro area legislators on Tuesday, February 23, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Flat Earth Brewing Company, 688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul651.698.1945 (easily located near the Capitol with plenty of off-street parking).

Our question: What are your legislative priorities for the 2016 session? How can MetroIBA help you? What can we do to help you sustain and grow local independent businesses that are vital to a healthy Minnesota economy?  See event listing for more information. 



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.
Local Issues
  • Local Procurement
  • Working Families Agenda (Mpls)
  • 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.
  • Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
  • Promote land use, parking policies, and decisions responsive to the needs of locally owned independent businesses.


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