Earlier this week, the HM Board approved the 2022 State Legislative Agenda. While we track hundreds of bills per session, these are key issues we anticipate working on together this session at the State level.
Yesterday, we sent a letter to legislative leaders outlining our priorities. We also sent letters to the members of the tax committees and the jobs committees.
The HM Advocacy Group met this morning to discuss the state of the economic recovery and our grassroots member engagement strategy.
While there will be multiple opportunities for members to engage legislators this session, we ask that you consider reaching out to the legislators representing your home and business addresses NOW and ask them to support the hospitality industry’s economic recovery through economic stimulus and workforce development solutions.
Feel free to attach any of the letters or any of the materials therein. Also feel free to utilize any of the data in our December Economic Snapshot.
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This afternoon, Governor Walz released documents outlining his budget proposals (we've highlighted key provisions), which includes $2.7B for the UI Trust Fund. As we have requested, the governor proposes using $2.7B in state funds to pay off the UI Trust Fund debt and replenish the fund, rather than drastically increasing payroll taxes. The proposal also includes direct payments to Minnesotans, and additional payments to frontline workers, which appears to include those in foodservice. (We will follow up with the administration on whether this can include other hospitality workers).
There are tax cuts for workers with child care costs, which has become a workforce issue in recent years. There is also a proposal to expand the Dual Pipeline training program, which we would like to see expanded to hospitality. Finally, there is a proposed $170M investment in broadband, a long-term goal of our association.
We are seeking more information from the administration on the details of the announcement, including the governor’s position on the tax status of RRF emergency funds, additional small business relief, and other workforce development solutions we’ve proposed. More to come.
Today Hospitality Minnesota sent a letter to the Minnesota delegation asking them to support expanding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Applications were three times the amount of the program’s allocated funding. Bipartisan legislation would add an additional $60 billion to the program to meet the need of these businesses that are critical engines for our economy. To date, only Congresspersons Phillips, Craig and McCollum are co-authors from Minnesota.
While not all final bills have passed, this analysis outlines on how we believe the session will play out. Read on or watch a brief summary video by Ben Wogsland, Director of Government Relations.
We identified 7 top policy objective this session. Here's how we did:
We count some issues as successes because they are NOT in the deal. Those include:
Read the full 2021 Session Summary
The Omnibus Jobs bill was amended on the House Floor on Tuesday to include our workforce pipeline ProStart/Hospitality Tourism Management Program (HTMP) grant proposal. Huge thanks to Rep. Dave Baker (Willmar) for working tirelessly to get this in the bill. We also want to thank co-author, Chair Mohamud Noor (Minneapolis), for agreeing to add the provision to his Omnibus Jobs bill and working with Rep. Baker to find the funding for this proposal. In addition, Rep. Baker gave a shout out on the House Floor to our ProStart/HTMP competition winner schools from last week.
An update is available on the status of our top economic recovery priorities:
We are currently tracking several hundred bills in your interest. The following related to some some key issues:
Read the full Advocacy Update
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Before the onset of COVID-19, members told us that workforce issues topped the list of their key business concerns; it is becoming clear that they have become even more urgent and complicated in the wake of the pandemic.
Legislation that seeks to create a stronger hospitality workforce pipeline is advancing through the legislature, and we need your help to keep it moving forward.
SF1262, a bill to create grants to expand the ProStart and Hospitality Tourism Management Programs in Minnesota high schools, was heard yesterday in the Senate Jobs committee.
Watch our senate testimony here.
The bill (SF1262/HF1324) has now received a hearing in both bodies and is being considered for addition to the Jobs Omnibus bill, a decision likely to be made in the coming days. This time is now to act:
Contact our bill authors and thank them for moving HF1324/SF1262 forward and ask them to keep going to bat for inclusion of this critical workforce initiative this session:
Contact the committee members and legislative leaders and ask them to ensure that HF1325/SF1262 is included as a priority in the omnibus bill:
RE line: Please include HF1324/SF1262 in the omnibus workforce/jobs bill
Dear [insert legislator name]:
The ProStart and Hospitality Management Programs (Fact Sheet) are critical to workforce development and the recovery of the hospitality industry. Please work to ensure that HF1324/SF1262 is included in the 2021 Omnibus Jobs bill. These successful national programs are already in 100 schools in Minnesota and we need to continue to grow these opportunities for young people. Please review this video and share it with your colleagues.
Thank you for your support!
[insert your name and organization]
Legislative deadlines are fast approaching, and this is a crucial time for action. Your help is needed now, and your voice has power. Hearing directly from owners, operators and employees on how proposed legislation impacts them means more and can have more influence than hearing from lobbyists. That’s why we’re asking you to take an active role in contacting your lawmakers right now.
To help you make your voice heard and move our agenda forward, we’ve put together tools you can use to engage your elected officials. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
For the Full Advocacy Report and our Top 10 Issues:
This afternoon, Ben Wogsland and HM members Erik Forsberg (Devil’s Advocate) and Tony Boen (Grandma’s) testified before the House Tax Committee in support of House File 921, a bill authored by Rep. Dave Baker to exempt restaurant equipment from the sales tax and to provide tax relief on certain equipment purchased in 2020-2021 in response to COVID-19.
Follow as we advocate for the hospitality industry at the local, state and federal levels. This work has been a hallmark of the Association for decades, and will continue to be a core benefit of membership.