Minnesotans have been delivered the disappointing news: "Special session talks are dead." For months, we watched as Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders tried to negotiate a special session to finish the work of the regular session — to pass bipartisan tax and bonding bills that included transportation improvements, addressing another priority of the 2016 session. Despite everyone's best intentions, talks bogged down over one issue. As one headline underscored: "Funding for Southwest killed special session."
As the new president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a top personal priority has been to hit the road. For six months, I’ve been crisscrossing our great state, asking questions and listening. It’s been both encouraging and energizing. I’ve gained an even greater appreciation of how Minnesota’s economic fortunes are interconnected. My conversations have identified actions necessary to ensure Minnesota is ready for the future. Our job at the Minnesota Chamber is to help Minnesota businesses — large and small, all types and sizes — change, compete, grow and excel.