By the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
On January 31, the Minnesota Chamber kicked off the 2022 legislative session with the annual Session Priorities event. We laid out the business community’s top issues for the year and heard from leaders of the House and Senate what they hope to accomplish. During the crowd favorite “lightning round” questions, the leaders shared their thoughts on issues ranging from preventing a huge Unemployment Insurance payroll tax increase on employers and returning the budget surplus to taxpayers to recreational marijuana and sports betting.
Here are their answers:
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Let's go to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is running a deficit, not if, but when will it pass?
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Will the "Walz Checks" be part of the final bill?
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: What do you think will be the number one issue that you're gonna hear about from voters this fall?
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Will we update Minnesota's prohibition-era liquor laws?
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Sports betting in Minnesota? Yes or no.
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Speaking of betting, the governor asked for $2.7 billion in bonding. Over or under $2.7 billion?
MN Chamber President/CEO Doug Loon: Now we're onto the surplus $7.7 billion surplus. How much will be left unallocated at the end of session?