HELP RURAL MINNESOTA GROW
The economic growth in Greater Minnesota and rural areas has not kept pace with the Twin Cities metro area.
High property taxes for farmers are a major issue, and businesses in rural Minnesota pay the second highest property taxes in the U.S. Further, many rural communities are facing severe workforce shortages for trained workers to work on farms, food processing, manufacturing and other agriculture/food companies.
We urge support for tax policies that reduce farm property taxes and get Minnesota out of the top 10 in business property taxes.
We urge a more coordinated approach that leverages the knowledge and expertise of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the private sector to further align high school, technical and other post high school education and training to the skills needed for jobs that are going unfilled in the ag and food sectors and throughout Minnesota.
We urge adoption of a transportation funding plan that sufficiently supports the necessary maintenance and construction of roads and bridges to ensure we can efficiently move products from farm to table.