MN Business Leaders Identify Their Legislative Priorities

In a recent poll, Minnesota business leaders identified the issues they'd prefer to see lawmakers address this session.
MN Business Leaders Identify Their Legislative Priorities

Reducing government spending, improving high school education, and establishing better oversight of Legacy Amendment spending are the top three issues Minnesota business leaders would like the Legislature to focus on this session, according to a recent Twin Cities Business poll.

Some 93 percent of 457 business leaders say they would like to see a reduction in government spending through efficiency improvements; 86 percent favor improving high school education while better managing costs; and 56 percent favor establishing the means to better review/manage Legacy Amendment spending.

In late March, more than 11,000 business leaders from across the state were provided a list of eight subjects and asked “Which would you like the Legislature to address this session?” Their response options were “For,” “Against,” and “Neither.”

The subjects to choose from, in addition to the three mentioned above, were legalizing marijuana for medical purposes; passing anti-bullying legislation; immigration reform; improving MnDOT’s snow plowing and road-treatment practices; and allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays. The survey did not include options on tax-related challenges such as gift, estate, and income taxes, as these are already known to be of high interest for business leaders.

Other issues that participants were particularly interested in addressing were allowing liquor stores to remain open on Sundays (55 percent in favor) and immigration reform (54 percent). The issue of least interest was the legalization of marijuana (28 percent “against” and 27 percent “neither”).

This poll was part of Twin Cities Business’ exclusive quarterly economic indicator survey, which examines business planning and optimism among leaders across all industries in Minnesota. Answers from 11 questions are used to formulate the Minnesota Economic Outlook Index, the only indicator of what business leaders in this state are planning for the immediate quarter.

Complete findings from the latest survey will appear in the May issue of Twin Cities Business magazine.