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Our Advocacy

We believe sound policy advances and maintains strong communities. The MLC supports key initiatives that will help our cities, our businesses, our region, and our state develop and excel.

Each year, the MLC puts together a legislative program to provide their legislative delegation guidance on key initiatives and the MLC lobbyists advocate for the advancement of those key initiatives at the Capitol.

MLC's 2023 Main Initiatives:

I. Housing and Home Ownership

  1. NOAH Preservation Grants

  2. Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB)

  3. Community Land Trusts

  4. Down Payment Assistance

  5. Local Autonomy and Land Use Decisions

II. Transportation and Infrastructure 

  1. Increase investments in corridors of commerce

  2. Increase investments in Transportation Economic Development (TED)

  3. State Match for IIJA Funding

  4. Regionally balanced bonding bill

III. Tax Policy and Local Issues

  1. Property Tax Refund & Renters Credit

  2. Adjust the Homestead Market Value Exclusion Adjustment

  3. Sales tax exemption on construction materials process simplification

  4. Repeal Local Government Salary Cap

IV. Public Safety

  1. Duty Disability Reform (PTSD)

  2. Increase State Funding for Health Insurance Costs

  3. State funding for Juvenile Offender Detention, Treatment, and Support Programs

V. THC & Adult Use Marijuana

  1. Local Licensing Authority

  2. Revenue Sharing with Cities

VI. Workforce & Economic Expansion

  1. Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF)

  2. Job Creation Fund (JCF)

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