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By ChamberAdmin

http://politicsinminnesota.com/2014/01/bills-look-to-regulate-booming-e-cig-business/
 

By ChamberAdmin

The Post Bulletin reported today that the Republican State Convention will be held in Rochester.  This article  referencies Brad Jones of the RCVB pointing out that the covention will have a $700,000 economic impact on Rochester.  

The Chamber's top bonding priorities this session include an expanded Convention Center.  Can you imagine the economic impact of the conventions Rochester will be able to attract once the expnasion happens?

 

By ChamberAdmin

Minnesotans received good news today on the state’s economic forecast: a projected surplus of $1.086 billion for the two year budget that began July 1. Governor Dayton has expressed his support for repealing the sales taxes on three business-to-business transactions, provided the budget still shows a surplus in the February 2014 forecast. 

Legislative leadership has not yet committed to repealing the taxes.  Let them know your thoughts on these taxes.  


By ChamberAdmin


A couple weeks ago at the Business-Education Collaboration: A Look at the German Model of Education event, sponsored by Charter Business, Sen. Senjem and Rep. Norton presented findings from their first-hand look at the role of businesses in education and workforce development in Germany, followed by discussions by local education and business leaders about how to actively engage to strengthen American workforce development.

There was a lot of buzz in the air after the event.  Here are two interesting articles about the German Model of Education being utilized in the United States.  

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/05/german-style-apprenticeship-programs-grow-in-south-carolina/
-HT Rep. Kim Norton

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/recasting-high-school-german-firms-transplant-apprentice-model-to-us/2013/11/27/6b242be8-4e42-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend

 

 

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By ChamberAdmin

From the Wall Street Journal - “Starting next year, small businesses are among those poised to bear the brunt of a little known tax created by the Affordable Care Act  will impose an annual ‘fee’ on health-insurance companies. The fee is expected to bring in a total of $8 billion next year and as much as $14.3 billion by 2018, according to the legislation, and will be spread out among insurers based on the percent of the market they cover.”

 

“But the Congressional Budget Office and industry experts say the expense will largely be passed on to small businesses and consumers who buy their own policies in the form of higher premiums.”

 

Read the full article here.

By ChamberAdmin

Congratulations to Carly, Cela, Ethan, and Rachel of Hayfield Elementry School for winning the 2013 STEM Summit Video Contest!

Click here to view the winning Hayfield STEM Summit Video


2013 STEM video contest winners