House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division  3/19/19

House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division 3/19/19


>>[GAVEL]
>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
WE HAD NINE PEOPLE CHECK IN. SO
REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL HAVE YOU LOOK AT THE MINUTES; READ
THE MINUTES? WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE THE MINUTES;
WOULDN’T YOU?>>REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL:
SURE; MR. CHAIR. IT IS KOEGEL.
AFTER A MINE MIGHT HUSBAND I
SHOULD’VE JUST LEFT WITH
ANDERSON BUT YES I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THE MINUTES>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ARE THERE ANY
CORRECTIONS TO THE MINUTES?
SEEING NONE;
>>
>>[LAUGHING]>>
CHAIR MAHONEY: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS
OF AYES.] OPPOSED;
SAME SIGN. WE HAVE THE MINUTES.
>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: A COUPLE OTHER THINGS HERE. O
N ITEM NUMBER FOUR I AM GOING TO MOVE
WE ARE BONDING BILLS WE
ARE MOVING DIRECTLY TO THE
BONDING COMMITTEES DID
WELL ACTUALLY THEY ARE
BEING RETURNED TO THE WAYS
AND MEANS WITH A RECOMMENDATION TO BE
BE REFERRED TO
CAPITAL INVESTMENT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE.
[CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED;
SAME SIGN. WE HAVE MOVED
WE’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK TODAY. WE’VE ALREADY MOVED TO FIVE BILLS. I LIKE THAT.
TODAY WE ARE GOING TO DO A BUNCH OF
EMPLOYMENT ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT BILLS. IF I’M READING
THIS CORRECTLY. WE HAVE
HOUSE FILE 414 REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON.
>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.
GOOD MORNING. MR. CHAIR I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 414 BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN
THE OMNIBUS>>CHAIR MAHONEY: GREAT.
>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: FURTHER; THE AUTHOR AMENDMENT. I BELIEVE IT’S THE
A-2 AMENDMENT. I WOULD MOVE THE
A-2 AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIR; IF I COULD
BRIEFLY EXPAND THE A-2 AMENDMENT AND IT DOES TWO THINGS. ONE; IT CHANGES THE NAME OF THIS PROGRAM
.. I’M A LAWYER SO I KIND OF LIKE
TO REINTEGRATE THING BUT
I’M TOLD IT DOESN’T HAVE
JUST QUITE THE RIGHT RING TO IT MAKES IT VER
Y ATTRACTIVE TO A LOT OF
PEOPLE SO SOME OF THE PEOPLE WORK
IN THIS
BUILDING WANT TO GIVE IT A MORE COMPELLING HIM AND CAME UP WITH A SPARK PROGRAM. SO
DESPITE MY
LORALEE SENSIBILITIES HIM ON BOARD
WITH THAT. THE SECOND THING IT ADDS
INCREMENTAL BUSINESSES TO THE TARGET OF THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM ALREADY TARGETS A NUMBER OF
GROUPS INCLUDING
MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED; VETERAN OWNED BUSINESSES LOCATED IN GREATER MINNESOTA HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES. ALSO TRACKS NATIVE AMERICAN ON BUSINESS CERTIFIED AS WELL AS OWNED BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WE WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS IN A MINUTE
BUT [INAUDIBLE] IN
THOSE AREAS. THIS IS ADDING ONE MORE GROUP TO THAT. I
UNDERSTAND THAT THE STAKEHOLDERS AND
THE DEPARTMENT DON’T HAVE AN OBJECTION TO ADDING THAT GROUP.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: FINE BY ME.
[INAUDIBLE] I NAME ON A PROGRAM
REALLY [INAUDIBLE]
BUT IF THEY WANT
OF BRAND-NEW NAME FOR THIS COMMITTEE COULD THIS IS THE SAME NAME THIS COMMITTEE HAD 20
YEARS AGO. SO YOU CAN KIND
OF [INAUDIBLE] BUT IF YOU WOULD
SO LIKE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SAY; AYE. [CHORUS
OF AYES.] OPPOSED; SAME SIGN.
THE BILLS IN THE CONDITION YOU
LIKE IT.>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON:
MR. CHAIR; THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. THE UNDERLYING BILL; THIS BILL FUNDS A PROGRAM THAT HAD A LOT
OF
SUPPORT FROM [INAUDIBLE] OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME
THAT’S EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL TO
SMALL BUSINESSES
THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA. SMALL BUSINESS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY. THEY
CONTRIBUTE TO NUMEROUS DIFFERENT WAYS BUT A LOT OF
SMALL BUSINESSES NEED JUST
A LITTLE
BIT OF HELP AT THE OUTSIDE TO
GET GOING SOME OF THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND
ADVICE FROM HOW YOU TAKE YOUR IDEA MAKE IT A REALITY IN THIS PROGRAM IS REALLY GREAT
WAY FOR
ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN MINNESOTA TO GET THAT INITIAL PUSH OFF
THE GROUND. THEY WORK ALL ACROSS THE STATE INCLUD
ING NOT THAT I’M BIASED; BUT IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS UP
IN CHAMPLIN THERE’S A GREAT
SMALL BUSINESS UP THERE
THE MINNESOTA PLAY DATE WHICH IS AN INDOOR PLAYSPACE THAT WAS HELPED OUT
BY THIS PROGRAM AND THE FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE
OF
SIX ENDURING A COLD AND VICIOUS WINTER COULD I JUST GOT TO SAY THAT ANY PROGRAM THAT
HELPS WITH INDOOR PLAYSPACE IS IS A GODSEND. BUT IT’S BEEN
A GREAT USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS
BECAUSE IT’S LEVERAGE SO MUCH
ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS. SO FOR THE PAST
FIVE YEARS IT’S LEVERAGE AN AVERAGE OF $65 MILLION A YEAR
THE BASE FUNDING FOR
THIS PROGRAM. I BELIEVE IT’S IT
WAS 2.58
IT WAS 2.58 BILLION IN THE LAST
BIENNIUM SO [INAUDIBLE] GETTING $65 MILLION A YEAR IN
PRIVATE FINANCING. IT’S A PRETTY
PHENOMENAL RATIO.
HOUSE FILE 414 WOULD INCREASE THE BASE
BY ADDING 1 MILLION TO THE BASE FOR THE WHOLE BIENNIUM
AND THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. THE DEMAND IS THERE.
MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE; TO MAKE GOOD USE OF
THAT MONEY SO I THINK A VERY
GOOD INVESTMENT ESTATE
TAX DOLLARS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR THIS NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE
TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD
WITH THE CHAIRS INDULGENCE I TURN IT OVER TO THEM RIGHT NOW.>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
GOOD MORNING. PLEASE
INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD
AND PROCEED>>TESTIFIER: MR
. CHAIR; MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE MY NAME IS CARRIE JOHNSON. I AM THE SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR AT THE METROPOLITAN [INAUDIBLE]
THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY THIS MORNING IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE 414
TO INCREASE BASE FUNDING FOR THE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM WITH THE
A-2 AMENDMENT THE SPARK COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON FOR CHAMPIONING THIS BILL AND ALL THE CO-AUTHORS ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE COMMITTEE.
[INAUDIBLE] IS A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPERS COVERING EVERYTHING FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING
CREDIT BUILDING
TWO SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. AS AN ORGANIZATION NOT ONLY DO WE WORK IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINNESOTA
BUILDING COALITION BUT ALSO A MEMBER. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COALITION
LIKE
[INAUDIBLE] AS WELL AS THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
CENTER AND VENTURE WHO WAS HERE
[INAUDIBLE] WORKED DIRECTLY WITH OUR TRAINERS AND
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
OFFER ACCOMMODATION OF AFFORDABLE FINANCING BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP STA
RT OR EXPAND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. HOUSE FILE 414 DIRECTLY SUPPORTS CRITICAL FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.
THIS INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM EVALUATED AND STRENGTHENING BUSINESS PLANS
CRAFTING MARKETING STRATEGIES
COACHING AND TRAINING AND
COMPLIANCE WITH
FEDERAL REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND HELPING TO ACCESS OR
IDENTIFY AFFORDABLE
FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES.
SOMETIMES [INAUDIBLE] CLIENT NOT TO INVEST THEIR OWN OR OTHER
[INAUDIBLE] IN A BUSINESS IDEA THAT EITHER TOO RISKY OR ENTREPRENEUR IS NOT QUITE READY. THIS FUNDING PROVIDES ENTREPRENEURS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY OF A QUALIFIED AND TRUSTED BUSINESS
ADVISOR TO SUPPORT THEIR SUCCESS FROM THE START AS WELL AS ONGOING SUPPORT AS NEEDED.
THE COMPETITIVE
GRANT PROGRAM [INAUDIBLE]
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
TO ENTREPRENEURS
AND GROUPS THAT MAY FACE UNIQUE BARRIERS TO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. THESE
TARGETED GROUPS
CURRENTLY INCLUDE AS REPRESENTATIVE
STEPHENSON SAID;
VETERANS; WOM
EN AND MINORITIES; NATIVE AMERICANS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. HOWEVER; WITH THE A-2 AMENDMENT IMMIGRANTS WOULD ALSO BE ADDED TO THE LIST. THE COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THE PROGRAM ALLOWS
DEED TO NOT ONLY ENSURE FUNDING IS DISTRIBU
TED EVENLY GEOGRAPHICALLY BUT A REQUIREMENT OF RECEIVING THE FUNDING IS REPORTING RELEVANT STATISTICS. THIS ALLOWS ORGANIZATIONS AND
THE STATE TO MEASURE WHICH POPULATIONS
ARE FUNDING
IS SERVING AMONG OTHER THINGS AND WHERE IN CASE
OF [INAUDIBLE] MAY BE NEEDED THE
BASE APPROPRIATION
AS REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON SAID; IS 2.85 MILLION
PER BIENNIUM COULD IT’S THE SAME AMOUNT IT
WAS IN
[INAUDIBLE] WHEN THE PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN THIS BILL WOULD INCREASE THAT
1 MILLION PER BIENNIUM. WE ARE CONFIDENT THESE FUNDS ARE IN DEMAND BECAUSE FUNDING APPLICATIONS OF THE LAST GRANT ROUND WERE EXCEEDED
8.5 MILLION. ON AVERAGE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN ABLE TO NONPROFIT
COMMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ORGANIZATIONS TO
[INAUDIBLE] 4300
ENTREPRENEURS PRAYER AND LEVERAGE ABOUT 65 MILLION
[INAUDIBLE] WHICH SEEMS LIKE A GREAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT. YOU CAN SEE FROM A LIST OF THE MOST RECENT
GRANT AWARDS THAT WERE PROVIDED TO A BELIEVE IN YO
UR PACKETS; ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING THE FUNDING REPRESENT DIVERSE GEOGRAPHIC AREAS AS WELL AS SIGNIFICANT CULTURAL DIVERSITY.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY
TODAY. HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE NOW OR AFTER THE OTHER TESTIFIERS.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: NEXT ON THE
LIST IS
I WILL MESS UP YOUR LAST NAME. PLEASE
INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING
CHAIR MAHONEY MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE BUT MY NAME
IS EMMA PROGRAM MANAGER AT AFRICAN
DEVELOPMENT CENTER. WE ARE
A NONPROFIT FOCUS
ON CHAMPING AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS AND
IMMIGRANTS [INAUDIBLE] HOMEBUYER EDUCATION AND
[INAUDIBLE] AND
BUSINESS. ADDITIONALLY; THE COMMISSION OF
SECRETARY [INAUDIBLE] IN THE COMMUNITIES OF AFRICAN
IMMIGRANTS CALL HOME
IN MINNESOTA. OUR STUFF IS MADE OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND
TALENTED INDIVIDUALS FROM AN AREA OF
AFRICAN NATIONS TO BRING A PASSION TO THE WORK AND
REPRESENT WIDE-RANGING AREAS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS
; SMALL BUSINESS PROFICIENCY.
[INAUDIBLE] HAS HELPED BECOME
A LEADER TO MINNESOTA SMALL
BUSINESSES OF US WAS A LEADER
IN PROVIDING CRITICAL
BUSINESS ADVISEMENT.
OUR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORK HAS BEEN SUPPORTED THROUGH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETITIVE
GRANT PROGRAM AT DEED.
WE STARTED IN 2004 WITH [INAUDIBLE] HELPING INDIVIDUALS FROM AFRICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES TAKE THE ECONOMIC FATE IN THEIR
OWN HANDS. TOO SELF-EMPLOYED. WE CONTINUE
TO GROW BECAUSE OF STATEWIDE DEMAND
TO HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF IN
THE COMMUNITIES
AND IN THE METRO AREAS AS WELL AS IN
GREATER MINNESOTA. BECAUSE OF
GROWING AFRICAN IMMIGRANT POPULATION AROUND
THE STATE WE NOW HAVE OFFICES IN WILMER AND ALSO ENTREPRENEURS IN ST. CLOUD AND MARSHALL AS WELL AS THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA. AS
A MAINSTREAM
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION CONTINUE TO
LACK RESOURCES FUNDS AND [INAUDIBLE] EXPAND THEIR SERVICES TO MEET
THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE
AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STEP IN AND FILL
THOSE GAPS INCLUDING BUSINESS CONSULTING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.
FOR EXAMPLE;
MOHAMMED GRADUATED
FROM AUTO BODY MECHANICS AND
NEEDED TO START AN AUTO BODY SHOP. HE WAS
TIRED OF BEING TURNED ON WITHOUT AN EXPLANATION T
HAT HE DECIDED TO COME TO ADC. HE HAD BAD CREDIT AND HIS
GOALS WERE TOO AMBITIOUS BUT HE WORKED WE WORKED ON HIS CREDIT AND ASSISTED HIM WITH A
NEWER PLAN WHICH IS GETTING
TO HIS BIGGER PLAN. TODAY ALMOST 4 YEARS LATER MOHAMMED HAS TWO TOWING
TRUCKS AND SAVING HIS WAY TO
HIS OWN BODY SHOP. ADC ALSO
ADC IS NOT ONLY HELP TO
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BUT MANY TIMES
THESE BUSINESSES
HELP TO MEET THE CRUCIAL COMMUNITY NEEDS COULD A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS IS [INAUDIBLE]
MOHAMMED WHO BECAUSE HE COULD NOT FIND A
DAYCARE PROVIDER AND WILMA HE DECIDED TO START ONE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY. WITH THE HELP OF
WILMER AND ADC; TODAY
THE COMMUNITY BUT IS BRAND-NEW OPEN
FACILITY WITH AN INVESTMENT OF HALF
$1 MILLION. IN THE CITY WILMER. ADC ALSO HELP DR.
MOHAMMED TO THE INTERNAL
MEDICINE DOCTOR TO OPEN A
COMMUNITY CLINIC
NOW PROVIDES HIGH-QUALITY AND
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE URGENT HEALTH
CARE SERVICES AND THE GROWING
AFRICAN COMMUNITY. TO THE GROWING AFRICAN COMMUNITY.
I URGE THE LEGISLATURE
TO SUPPORT HF 414 AND INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE BUSINESS TO RELEVANT COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT’S A PROVEN PROGRAM
THAT WORKS. I WANT TO THANK
REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON FOR CARING
THIS BILL AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY TODAY.
I’M HAPPY
TO TAKE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU
MAY HAVE.>>CHAI
R MAHONEY: THANK YOU. PLEASE STICK AROUND
AND IF THERE’S QUESTIONS WERE ASKED THEM AT
THEIR END. WE HAVE OUR NEXT TESTIFIER.>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE. THANK THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY
ON HOUSE FILE 414. MY NAME IS KITTY KIMBALL AND I OWN AND RUN
TWIN CITIES
[INAUDIBLE] ON THE SIDE OF ST. PAUL. WE OFFER
FLYING TRAPEZE LESSONS
AND [INAUDIBLE] WITH NO
EXPENSE REQUIRED.
IN A PLAYSPACE [INAUDIBLE]. IN 2003 I WENT AWAY FROM [INAUDIBLE] CIRCUS AS ONE DOES THE NEXT 10 YEARS
IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA STUDYING TEACHING AND
PERFORMING CIRCUS
ACT. IN 2012 I MOVE BACK TO MY HOME STATE
OF MINNESOTA THE DREAM
OF OPENING A FLYING TRAPEZE HOME. I KNOW A GREAT DEAL ABOUT TEACHING AND SPINE MOTIVATING PEOPLE FLYING THROUGH THE AIR BUT VERY LITTLE
ABOUT HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS. I TRIED THE OLD CIRCUS TO COMPLETE FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER BUT IT BECAME CLEAR I WAS GOING TO NEED HELP
IF I WAS TO LAUN
CH A VIABLE BUSINESS TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND MY SON. AFTER A FEW MISSTEPS I WAS EVENTUALLY REFERRED TO WOMEN VENTURE WHICH QUITE LITERALLY CHANGE MY LIFE. WOMEN VENTURE PROVIDE ME WITH START UP CAPITAL AND THE RISK SUPPORT THAT FOR ME FROM AN
TRAPEZE ARTIST TO AN ENTREPRENEUR. I MET WITH AMY MY ORIGINAL MENTOR BUSINESS VENTURE WE LOOK TO MY BUSINESS PLAN AND TIGHTEN IT UP. THE MAIN VENTURE THAN HELP ME
ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FINANCING AND OPEN MY DOORS
IN FIRST FLYING TRAPEZE CLASS ON
FEBRUARY 8; 2013. DURING THE FIRST YEAR I MET ONE-ON-ON
E TALK PRIMARILY ABOUT FINANCIAL STRATEGIES. I
ALSO ATTENDED SEMINARS ON MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA. [INAUDIBLE]
TO HUGE BURDEN OFF THE SINGLE
MOM’S SHOULDERS. FOR THE FIRST OF THE YEAR IS JUST ME RUNNING THE SHOW IS THE OWNER AND INSTRUCTOR MANAGER ACCOUNTS ARE
AN ADVERTISER. LAUREN WAS SO
RELIABLE SOURCE I COULD TURN TO WITH PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS BUT A SOURCE OF
COMFORT DURING THE STRESSFUL
YEARS. [INAUDIBLE] FAR TOO MUCH FOR ONE WOMAN TO HANDLE ALONE. TODAY MY BUSINESS
SPORTS ME MESSENGER I’VE
SIX [INAUDIBLE]
PAY BETWEEN 16 AND $30 A WEEK AND WE WON SEVEN DAYS
A WEEK. [INAUDIBLE] MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY AND [INAUDIBLE]
MINNESOTA WE
WERE RAN A STABLE FINANCIAL WERE ABLE TO
OFFER LOW-COST PROGRAMMING TO DISABLED YOUTH. TO BE CLEAR; NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE
BEEN POSSIBLE WITH
OUT THE SUPPORT AND FAITH OF WOMEN VENTURE IN A DEDICATED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.
HOUSE FILE 414 INCREASES FUNDING FOR NONPROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE WOMEN’S VENTURE ALL ACROSS THE STATE THROUGHOUT THE BUSINESS SUPPORT TO
ENTREPRENEURS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESS OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT MIGHT
NEVER GET OFF THE GROUND. I HOPE YOU SUPPORT THE BIL
L. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY.>>
CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION. DO YOU DO GROUP
QUESTIONS.>>TESTIFIER: IT’S AN
EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: IN
THE MORNING?
>>TESTIFIER: [INAUDIBLE]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU.
ARE THERE
ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS?
WHAT DOES BOB GUNTHER LOOK LIKE IN LEOTARDS? THE>>>>[LAUGHING]>>
CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON DO YOU HAVE ANY CLOSING COMMENTS?>>REPRESENTATIVE
STEPHENSON: NO.
I KNOW WAY BEFORE JENNA’S LAW SAY THIS A
GREAT PROGRAM AND HOPE YOUR SUPPORT. THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE BILL.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO RENEW
WOULD LIKE TO RENEW YOUR
MOTION TO BE LAID OVER FOR
POSSIBLE INCLUSION>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: I WOULD MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. HOUSE
FILE 1184. GOOD MORNING.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE YOUR BILL?
>>REPRESENTATIVE I LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 1184. MR. CHAIR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE HOUSE FILE 1184 PRESENT A RECOMMENDATION
FOR THE BIANNUAL FUNDING LEVEL FOR ONE OF THE KEY PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY DEED. THIS IS THE
REDEVELOPMENT GRANT AND DEMOLI
TION LOAN PROGRAM. IT’S BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM AND ENCOURAGING BUSINESS GROWTH AND JOB CREATION ACROSS OUR STATE.
REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROVIDES FUNDS TO IMPROVE
BLIGHTED PROPERTIES AS THEY MOVE BACK TO
PRODUCTIVE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USE. THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DID NOT RECEIVE A [INAUDIBLE] 2018
TO 2019 BIENNIUM. THIS PROGRAM HAS CONTINUED
TO OPERATE WITH FUNDS FROM OTHER SOURCES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PRESENTS A
REAL TURNAROUND OPPORTUNITY TO
THE COMPANIES WITH BUILDINGS WERE INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH MUST BE REMOVED FOR NEW ENTERPRISE
CAN BE BUILT ON
THE SITE. WE NEED TO HAVE SOME MEASURE OF FUNDING
FOR THE
[INAUDIBLE] IN ORDER TO CONVERT OLD AND DILAPIDATED FACILITIES INTO
TAXPAYING PROPERTIES.
I; AFTER LEARNING ABOUT THE BILL I LOOKED
[INAUDIBLE] IN BUSINESS BY AREA
AND RECEIVE SOME OF THIS FUNDING AND WHEN I’M HAPPY TO BE THE [INAUDIBLE]
WHICH IS THE FMC SITE
WHICH IS WHERE MY DAD AND AUNT WORK FOR MANY
MANY YEARS AND I’M LOOKING AT IT NOW. I REMEMBER GOING THERE

THEY BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO WORK DAY AND WAS AN OLD RUNDOWN BUILDING AND LOOKING AT IT NOW;
IT LOOKS NI
CE AND BRAND-NEW AND THERE’S 13 DIFFERENT BUSINESSES IN THE FACILITY ALONE.
WE ARE BRINGING THAT AREA BACK UP TO
[INAUDIBLE] BUT RELEASE HAVE GREAT BUSINESSES IN THERE AS WELL. SO I HAVE A WITNESS WHO CAN TO SOME OF THESE ISSUES AND
WOULD BE
PLEASED TO RESPOND TO ANY QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE TESTIMONY.>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU FOR
JOINING US. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
AND PROCE
ED>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. MY NAME IS [INAUDIBLE] MAYOR OF FERGUS FALLS AND APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE PROGRAMS TO
RURAL COMMUNITIES AS WE LOOK TO GROW OUR
TAX BASE IN CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TIMES.
IN FERGUS FALLS WE BEGIN THE REVITALIZATION OF OUR CORE DOWNTOWN AND RIVERFRONT
IN THESE PROGRAMS ARE CRUCIAL TO
OUR SUCCESS AS WE GO TO IMPLEMENT THAT PLAN
JUST WITH THE IN FERGUS FALLS WITH IN
THE DOWNTOWN
MASTER PLAN STUDY; WE HAVE COMPLETED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS; THERE’S
THREE PROJECTS JUST WITHIN OUR
CORE DOWNTOWN THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THESE PROGRAMS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE ONE
APPLICATION IN
DEED FOR THE DEMOLITION PORTION OF A FORMER DAIRY PROPERTY THAT’S BEEN VACANT SINCE I WAS IN SCHOOL. IT
SITS ON
30 ACRES OF THE MOST PRIME LAND IN OUR COMMUNITY OVERLOOKING THE RIVER
AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT PROJECT IS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL; BUT THIS DEMOLITION PROGRAM IS A CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THAT SITE. IT’S A $2 MILLION PROJECT JUST TO GET IT TO A GREEN SITE AND THE PORTION OF THIS LOAN IS ABOUT 900;000
BATCHES TO GET THE SITE GREEN READY FOR REDEVELOPMENT. WE
ALSO HAVE; NOT RIGHT NEXT-DOOR BUT THERE’S ALSO A VACANT MILL THAT’S BEEN VACANT FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS
THAT WOULD THERE’S A DEVELOPER
WHO’S
PURCHASED [INAUDIBLE] IF THESE FUNDS WERE AVAILABLE
THAT
PROJECT WE BE READY TO APPLY FOR THOSE FUNDS TODAY. WHERE MULTIPLE PROJECTS JUST WITHIN
THE DOWNTOWNCORRIDOR OF FERGUS FALLS WHICH
WE SEE AS OUR FUTURE WE ARE
INVESTING IN COULD I SEE THESE PROGRAMS AS INVESTMENTS IN PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN STATE; LOCAL AND PRIVATE
DEVELOPERS AND I THINK THAT’S HOW WE’RE GOING TO SEE SUCCESS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY. SO I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE
THE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL
AND I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU.
YES; I’VE BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE A LONG TIME AND I KNOW THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM
HAS WORKED MANY THINGS COME AMEND MANY THINGS FOR
GETTING PROJECTS OFF THE GROUND ACROSS
THE STATE.
REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TESTIFIERS OR OTHER
COMMENTS?>>REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL: JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WERE MOVING
ALONG QUICKLY.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: IS THERE ANYONE WHO WISHES
TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST THIS
PARTICULAR BILL? WOW. DO
YOU RENEW YOUR MOTION TO INCLUDE IN THE
OMNIBUS BILL?>>REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL: YES; MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR MAHONEY: SO HOUSE
FILE 1184 TO I MOVE HOUSE
FILE 1184 FOUR BE LAID OVER FOR
POSSIBLE INCLUSION FOR
POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL. THANK YOU. YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY.
WE ARE LEAD MOVING AT LIGHTNING
SPEED TODAY.
>>[INAUDIBLE / OFF MICROPHONE]>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON.
HOUSE FILE 1186. MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND.
>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON:
HELLO; AGAIN.
MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE I WOULD MOVE HOUSE FILE 1186 T
O BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A OMNIBUS BILL.>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
THANK YOU.>>
REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: HOUSE FILE 1186 PROVIDES FUNDING TO THE MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND WHICH IS ONE OF
OUR STATES THIS FUNCTION
ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT TOOLS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AT THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND
HAS
TRANSFORMED MILLIONS OF STATE DOLLARS INTO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS AND PRIVATE
SECTOR INVESTMENT.
I HAVE A LIST I’M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW WHICH
[INAUDIBLE] ABOUT $60 MILLION IN GRANTS OVER THE LAST TWO
YEARS AND THAT LEVERAGED
$318 MILLION AND PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDS AND CREATED 3300 JOBS
AND AS I THINK THOSE INFORMATION MEMBERS
PACKET SHOWING THAT THESE PROJECTS ARE ALL ACROSS
THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA. YOU KNOW THERE ARE PROJECTS HERE IN
KUHN RAPIDS. OF COURSE WHERE
I REPRESENT; BUT
MARSHALL; OWATONNA; PINE RIVER; REDWING; SHAKOPEE AND
WINONA ALSO ON THIS LIST SO
IT’S A PROGRAM THAT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE STATE AND HELPS US
CREATE JOBS. THROUGHOUT THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA. THE APPROPRIATION
THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR THIS
YEAR IS 10.5 $10.5 MILLION
A YEAR. THAT’S $21 MILLION OVER
THE BIENNIUM
THAT IS ACTUALLY SLIGHTLY LESS THAN WHAT WAS IN
THE LAST BIENNIUM’S BUDGET
TO BUT
IT’S ACCOUNTED FOR BY FUNDING IN THE JCF IN
THE REDEVELOPMENTPROGRAM THAT
YOU JUST HEARD ABOUT. SO THAT’S
AN OUTLINE OF WHAT
THIS BILL IS ABOUT WITH THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND IS AND WHY I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
. I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE
TESTIFIERS MR. CHAIR BUT I KNOW THE DEPARTMENT STAFF ARE HERE IF THERE’S QUESTIONS
. OF COURSE I CAN ALSO ANSWER QUESTIONS.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: WELL I THINK
THE DEPARTMENT SEEN HOUSE THIS ONE OF THEIR PREMIER
PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE; THEY SHOULD PROBABLY COME ON DOWN AND
GIVE US A GOOD
DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THIS PARTICULAR BILL DOES. W
HAT IT DOES AND HOW IT HELPS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. WELCOME TO
THE COMMITTEE.
>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: I NEGLECTED TO
MENTION LAKEVILLE.
>>CHAIR
MAHONEY: PARDON?>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: I NEGLECTED TO MENTION LAKEVILLE. I DON’T KNOW IF I’LL EVER RECOVER.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY:. ALL RIGHT.
MR. MCKENNAN; DID YOU GIVE
US THE FIVE MINUTE ELEVATOR
SPEECH ABOUT
WHAT INVESTMENT FUND DOES AND HOW IT HELPS
THE STATE AND WHAT YOU DO WITH IT?
>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR;
AND MEMBERS
HAVE BEEN MCKENNAN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE ABOUT 1985 AND GENERALLY
IT PROVIDES LOANS
TO BUSINESSES.. THE WAY THIS WORKS
IS WE PROVIDE FUNDING TO CITIES AND CITIES PASS THE MONEY ALONG TO THE BUSINESSES. SINCE
THAT TI
ME WE HAVE DONE OBVIOUSLY HUNDREDS OF LOANS ALL ACROSS
THE STATE AND IN
BOTH GREATER MINNESOTA AND IN THE TWIN CITIES
IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL. WE LEVERAGE
GENERALLY ABOUT $30 FOR EVERY
ONE DOLLAR OF STATE DOLLARS THAT GOES INTO THE PROJECT
ACROSS THE STATE. LOTS OF
OBVIOUSLY NEW JOBS BUT WE ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE RETENTION OF JOBS
. ACROSS THE STATE THAT THESE BUSINESSES ARE
CURRENTLY HAVE.
THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND; GENERALLY;
IS ALSO LOOKED AT FROM THE
CITIES AS AN ASSISTANT’S PERSPECTIVE
AND THE REASON I SAY THAT IS; THE CITIES GET TO KEEP A PORTION OF THE LOANS THAT ARE PROVIDED TO THE BUSINESSES AS THEY PAY THEM BACK. THIS IS AN
IMPORTANT COMPONENT FOR LOCAL COMMITTEES AS THEY HAVE REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS AND THEY CONTINUE TO BUILD
THOSE FUNDS ACROSS THE STATE. JUST IN THE
PAST YEAR AS AN EXAMPLE; OR
TWO YEARS
; REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON MENTIONED; WE DID ABOUT $60 MILLION OF GRANTS
LEVERAGE CLOSER TO $500 MILLION
– EXCUSE ME – REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON AND CREATED OVER 1200
JOBS JUST IN FISCAL YEAR
18 ALONE. WE
HAVE HAD A REALLY GOOD YEAR FROM
A GREATER MINNESOTA PERSPECTIVE. IN THE
PAST COUPLE; THERE HAS BEEN
BOTH BETWEEN JOB CREATION FUND AND THE MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND MO
RE PROJECTS IN GREATER MINNESOTA THAN THERE WERE IN THE METRO AREA. IN
FISCAL YEAR – EXCUSE ME – FISCAL YEAR 19
; 18. AND WE CONTINUE TO PROMOTE
THE PROGRAM
AND CERTAINLY; WORK WITH OF ALL COMMITTEES ACROSS THE STATE TO LEVERAGE THIS.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE TESTIFIER?
REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK.>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. COULD YOU EXPAND A LITTLE BIT YOU MENTION THE PART THE LOCAL CITIES GET TO KEEP A PORTION. NOT FAMILIAR WITH THAT. COULD YOU JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT?>>TESTIFIER: MR.
CHAIR; MEMBERS; CITIES CAN KEEP 40% OF THE LOAN UP TO $100;000
AND THAT WAS MANY
YEARS AGO CITIES COULD
KEEP $100;000 OF ANY LOAN THAT WE DID AND IT WAS
RATCHETED BACK A COUPLE
OF TIMES OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS
OR SO. AND TODAYTHEY KEEP 40% UP
TO $100;000.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
FURTHER QUESTIONS?
MR. MCKENNA; WHAT KIND OF PERCENTAGE TO YOU;
THE DEPARTMENTS; KEEP
FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE
PURPOSES? THERE?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR;
THE DEPARTMENT HAS THE ABILITY TO KEEP UP
TO 3%. IT’S 3%. WE DON’T KEEP UP TO
2% WE DON’T NEED THAT MUCH ADMINISTRATIVE
MONEY. HOWEVER; SEVERAL
YEARS AGO
WE ADDED THAT PROVISION. WE HAD A DATABASE PROJECTIF YOU
MIGHT RECALL IN ABOUT 2014 AND THAT WAS THE WEIGHT WE WERE
ABLE TO ABLE TO PAY
FOR THAT.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: SO FURTHER
DOWN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND THERE
ARE THE CITIES WHEN YOU LOAN THE MONEY TO THE CITIES
SO WE JUST HAD FERGUS FALLS
NOT TO PICK ON ANYONE IN
PARTICULAR. IF FERGUS FALLS GOT A PROJECT IN THEIR
PARTICULAR CITY AND YOU LOANED
THE MONEY IT’S A GRANT IF
I REMEMBER. TO THE CITY
. THE LOAN THROUGH THE BUSINESS; WHICHEVER ONE IT IS; DO
THEY HAVE AN
ADMINISTRATIVE ALLOWANCE? AT THE
CITY LEVEL?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS; THEY DO NOT.
OUT OF THAT PORTION OF THE MONEY THEY DO NOT HAVE ADMINISTRATIVE
ALLOWANCE; NO.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THEY ARE
REQUIRED TO
; IF THE LOAN IS $400;000 THEY ARE
REQUIRED TO WHICH IS A PASS-THROUGH.
THE
Y ARE ABSORBING COST FOR ADMINISTRATION. IT SHOULD NOT BE MUCH BUT WANT TO
MAKE SURE.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR;
THAT IS CORRECT. WHAT I
WOULD MENTION ABOUT THAT IS YES; WE
AS
KED THEM THEY DO THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE THEY DO
THEIR OWN LOAN
[INAUDIBLE] THEY DO THEIR OWN COLLECTIONS; THOSE TYPES OF THINGS
AND PASS IT ON TO US AS WELL. SO THE CITIES ARE VERY ENGAGED IN THIS
PROGRAM AND GENERALLY IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT
. THAT’S GENERALLY WHY THEY KEEP 40%
UP TO $100;000.>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
FINAL QUESTION. IS THAT 40% UP
TO $100;000 ALWAYS GOOD USE FOR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR;
MEMBERS; TODAY; GUESS IT HAS TO.
ACCORDING TO US. LAST YEAR
THE BILL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED
CITIES TO PROVIDE 20% OF THEIR
LOAN BALANCES TO DEED
AND IN RETURN THEY COULD KEEP 80% OF
THEIR BALANCES
AND THEY COULD SPEND IT ON ANYTHING THEY WANTED.
>>CHAIR MAHONEY: DID YOU KEEP
TRACK OF WHAT THEY SPEND THE
MONEY ON?>>TESTIFIER: WE DO NOT
MR. CHAIR KEEP TRACK OF THAT.
THE REPORTING FUNCTION OF THIS
ACTUALLY GOES TO THE CHAIRS OF
THE COMMITTEE’S IN
THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. SO YOU SHOULD BE RECEIVING REPORTS FROM
THE CITIES THEMSELVES.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: TO RECEIVE LETTERS FROM THE CITIES? WE ARE
A CREATIVE RACE. ARE THERE ANY
OTHER QUESTIONS?
SEEING NONE; WE WILL RENEW THE MOTION FOR HOUSE FILE 1186
TO BE BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION
>>REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON: OF LATE RENEW THAT MOTION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON.
LET’S SEE.
>>[INAUDIBLE /
OFF MICROPHONE]>>CHAIR MAHONEY:
>>CHAIR: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR. WE HAVE HOUSE FILE 1185.
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY:
THANK YOU. HOUSE FILE 1185 IS
A BILLRELATED TO THE MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND.
10;500;000 EACH FISCAL YEAR IN THE BIENNIUM
– EXCUSE ME –
FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE COMMISSIONER
.. THIS IS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
>>CHAIR: THE MINNESOTA
JOB CREATION [INAUDIBLE]
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: YES. I’M SORRY. THIS IS ANOTHER
ONE DEED HAS TO ASSIST
BUSINESSES IN THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA TO CREATE JOBS AND
MAINTAIN JOBS.
THERE ARE CERTAIN PARAMETERS TO THIS
THAT THEY HAVE TO MEET
. THEY HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN
DOLLAR FIGURE IN TERMS OF WAGES
TO THE NUMBER OF JOBS THEY
ARE CREATING
. THEY HAVE TO DECLARE HOW MANY JOBS THEY ARE GOING
TO CREATE AND GET PAID ON
THAT PARTICULAR ABILITY TO CREATE
THOSE JOBS. I WOUL
D LEAVE THAT UP TO THE DEPARTMENT TO EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE IN-DEPTH BUT
WITH T WITHOUT
MR I WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP A
FEW TESTIFIERS IN SUPPORT OF THIS
AND I THINK I HAVE
YOU; AGAIN.
>>REPRESENTATIVE NOOR:
CHAIR MAHONEY MOVES HOUSE FILE 75.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE
[INAUDIBLE] METRO CITIES WHICH REPRESENTS THE
COLLECTIVE INTEREST
ACROSS THE SEVEN COUNTY METROPOLITAN REGION. THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE SUPPORT JOBS BILLS THIS MORNING. AKAMAI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.
WE ARE ON THE FRONT IS WORKING
WITH ENTREPRENEURS TO START NEW BUSINESSES AND ASSIST
EXISTING BUSINESSES
TO GROW AND EXPAND. THIS MEANS GOOD JOBS FOR MINNESOTANS AND GROWING TAX BASE FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE.
I WILL TESTIFY IN ALL THREE OF THE
BILLS TODAY AND WORK THROUGH
THE LIST OF THE COMMITTEE IS
ALREADY. SO
REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL’S BILL REPRESENTS THE STARTING LINE FOR MANY COMMUNITY.
COUNCILS ARE PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED PLANS WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE CONTAMINATED.
WHEN YOU THINK OF REDEVELOPING YOU THINK OF BELOW GRADE AND THE STATE HAS THE
CONTAMINATION CLEANUP DOLLARS AND THE BASE BUDGET HAS BEEN FUNDED THROUGH THE YEARS BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT [INAUDIBLE]
THAT’S WHAT THE COMMISH WOULD REPRESENTATIVE KOEGEL’S BILL THAT INCLUDES BUILDING
DEMOLITION INCLUDES PONDING; INCLUDES ASBESTOS AND
ABATEMENT; IN PHILIP BUT OF THOSE ABOVE GRADE HUMANS AND I’M NOT BEEN FUNDED BY THE LEGISLATURE SINCE THE 2016 SESSION. THE DEMAND A STATEWIDE
THE NEED IS STATEWIDE. RECENT
ROUNDS THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN OVERSUBSCRIBED BY TWO TIMES AND THREE TIMES
;; SHOWING THE NEED ACROSS THE METRO AS WELL AS IN GREATER MINNESOTA AND IN FACT THE GRANT AWARD IS SPLIT
SO DEED ISSUE SIX AWARDS THREE
TO THE
GREATER MINNESOTA 32 METROPOLITAN REGION. ADDITIONALLY; WHEN THE BENEFITS OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS A JOBS THREE TIMES OVER.
OF DEMOLITION AND SITE PREPARATION JOBS THEN YOU HAVE THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION JOBS FOR THE SECOND ON ANY OF THE PERMANENT
ONGOING JOBS
IN THE THIRD ROUND. SO THE REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS UP IN JOBS THREE TIMES OVER THE ADDITIONALLY RITA BOWMAN IS THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FUTURE REDEVELOPMENT AND IS ONLY TYPE OF AKRON TO MOMENT FROM ANY CITY COULD YOU HAVE A LETTER IN YOUR PACKET FROM THE CITY OF WINONA.
WINONA IS LANDLOCKED AND ONLY TYPE
OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT THERE IS REDEVELOPMENT. GIVE US A LETTER FROM THE CITY OF CPI. IT’S THE GUY HAS BEEN STREET THAT
IS VITAL
IN ORDER TO REVITALIZE IT AND PROVIDE NEW INVESTMENT
REDEVELOPMENT WOULD BE A WAY TO
USE EXISTING
INFRASTRUCTURE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY
CITY METROPOLITAN REGION HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU DEVELOPMENT
IS A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND LOOK AT INCREASED DENSITY AND EFFICIENT USE OF EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE REDEVELOPMENT IS A TOOL THEY WILL USE PREVIOUSLY
DEVELOPED LAND.
ALL COMMITTEES OF LAND THAT’S NO LONGER FUNCTIONAL
AND IT MODEST THROUGH THE STATE
THROUGH THE REDEVELOPMENT
GRANT PROGRAM THAT CAN BE
UTILIZED AND REIMAGINED TO REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON AND REPRESENTATIVE TO CLAFLIN’S BILL OF THE NEXT UP IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BUSINESS TO BOWMAN’S GROWTH BUSINESS EXPANSION. CITIES A LOT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOP AND AT THE BEGINNING HELP WITH ZONING
LAND-USE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROSEN FINALLY SOME
ASSIST WITH DIGITAL
SUCH AS TO HAVE TO DO SOME PROJECTS NEED
MORE SUPPORT THAT CAN COME FROM THE STATE IN FROM THE MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND
AND JOB CREATION FUND. THOSE FUNDS ARE RESPONSIVE
TO THE TO VISIT THEIR PIPELINE
APPLICATION PROCESS
WHICH MEANS THEY’RE WAITING FOR GRANT CYCLES
IN THE STATE WORKS WITH BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT CAPITAL INVESTMENT
AND JOB GROWTH ON A SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR. SO IN CONCLUSION I ENCOURAGE THE COMMITTEE TO RECOGNIZE I
S A MODEST INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOP WHEN YOU LOOK AT OTHER STATES
MINNESOTA DOES HAVE MORE MUST
FUNDS BE
INITIALLY IT’S FINE IT WOULD GENERAL
[INAUDIBLE] THE STATE KNOWS HOW MUCH IT’S SPENDING EACH YEAR. SO THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERATION.
>>CHAIR:
>>
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: MY LIST OF TESTIFIERS
IS BILKING.
GOOD MORNING.>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING
MR. CHAIR MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE; MY NAME IS BILKING. IN 19 9399 TWO
I JOINED UP WITH A SMALL COMPANY OVER IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN THAT HAD ABOUT
30 EMPLOYEES AND WE OPERATED
AN AIRSPACE RELATED BUSINESS BY THE NAME OF SERVICE AIRCRAFT. WE HAD ABOUT 30 EMPLOYEES AT THE TIME WORKING AT OH
[INAUDIBLE] AIRPORT AND WE WERE ESSENTIALLY ASKED TO LEAVE.
WE HAD 30 CARS AT THE AIRPORT WE HAD ABOUT 30 EMPLOYEES AND THEY
REALIZE THAT
CREATED A SIGNIFICANT PARKING PROBLEM AT
THE AIRPORT
THEY DO NOT WANT 30 CARS AT THE AIRPORT. WHAT
WE KNEW THAT THEY DID NOTE
THAT IF 30 CARS WAS CAN BE A PROBLEM AND 300 WAS CAN MAKE THEIR
HEAD EXPLODE SO IN 1993
; WE THE PROCESS
OF IDENTIFYING WHAT MIGHT BECOME A NEW HOME FOR
[INAUDIBLE] AIRCRAFT INTO THE MULTISTATE TORT WITH FOUR SENIOR STAFF PEOPLE. FOUR OF US
TO THE MULTISTATE VISIT FOR TRYING TO LOCATE OUR
EXPANDING BUSINESS FOR PEOPLE THE
TIME REPRESENTATIVE
BY 15% OF OUR ENTIRE EMPLOYEE BASE
TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU. AFTER SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME
WE DECIDED THAT WE REALLY LIKED
DULUTH AND DULUTH MINNESOTA THERE’S A COUPLE THINGS THAT
ARE WORTH NOTING. FIRST OF ALL; THERE WAS NO AIRSPACE
MANUFACTURING IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AT THE TIME
AND SECONDLY DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; WHILE IT WAS HAD
A WONDERFUL RUNWAY
AND A STRUCTURE THAT MADE SENSE WAS AIRPORTS ARE NOTORIOUSLY LOCATED ON THE MOST
UNBELIEVABLY
BAD SOIL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND THE REASON
FOR THAT IF YOU GI
VE ME ONE SECOND TO GIVE YOU HISTORY; THE REASON FOR THAT IS 1903
) THIS FLU FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE FIRST AIRPORT
WAS LOCATED UNITED STATES IN 1909. BY 1909; 1910;
IF YOU HAD TOLD SOMEBODY WE’RE GONNA FLY AIRCRAFT SOMEDAY THAT
WAY 70
TO 150;000 POUNDS THAT WOULD’VE LEFT YOU OUT OF THE ROOM.
BECAUSE NOBODY COULD CONCEIVE OF AIRPLANES BEING FAST OR HEAVY. SO AIRPORTS
GOT LOCATED I
N A FARM FIELD BECAUSE EVE
RY SQUARE INCH OF THE COUNTRY WAS ALREADY SPOKEN FOR USE EITHER CITY; PART OF THE GROWING INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX OR WAS UNDER CULTIVATION.
SO AIRPORTS AND THEIR BEEN LOCATED
IN THE
SLOUGHS AND WETLANDS WERE PEOPLE FILLED IN AND
MODE BECAUSE
THE PLANES COULD WIN ON GRASS. THEY DO NOT NEED MUCH PROPERTY AND THEY DID NOT WEIGH ANY THINK IT IS AIRCRAFT CONTINUE TO GROW AND GET FASTER THOSE AIRPORTS JUST GOT LONGER
AND WE STA
RT TO DEVELOP. THAT BECAME THE MUNICIPAL AIRPORTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. SO AIRPORTS GOT THE LEFTOVER LAND AND
IT’S ALL
LEFTOVERS THAT WE ARE OPERATING IN ON AIRPORTS TODAY
AND HENCE; IN DULUTH THAT MEANT THAT WE HAVE
TERRIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE AIRPORT
AND WORSE YET IT WAS AN OLD
AIRPORT SPACE
AND WAS POLLUTED SIGNIFICANTLY BY LEAKING
FUEL CELLS. THE LAND WE ARE
LOCATED ON IN DULUTH MINNESOTA/ESTATE
SUPERFUND SITE
IN BETWEEN THAT AND THE POOR SOIL CONDITIONS; IT WAS ABSOLUTELY UNUSABLE
IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO FINANCE
THE BUILDING
. WE APPROACH THE CITY OF DULUTH AND THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA
AND A COUNTY LEGION AND THE STATE
THROUGH THE MIF PROGRAM IN THE CITY THROUGH TAX INCREMENT AND OTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOP TOOLS WAS ABLE TO MAKE THIS
SITE AVAILABLE FOR US TO DO OUR FIRST DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN DULUTH MINNESOTA.
AS WE SIT HERE TODAY
[INAUDIBLE] AIRCRAFT IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE
[INAUDIBLE] PRODUCER OF GENERAL
AVIATION CRAFT
IN THE WORLD IN OUR CLASS BUT WE REPRESENT
LAST YEAR AS OF 2018 31% OF THE
ENTIRE WORLDS
ACTIVITY IN GENERAL AVIATION MANUFACTURING.
THAT MEANS THAT WE PRODUCE
MORE AIRCRAFT AND DELIVER AND SELL
MORE AIRCRAFT
THAN ALL THE OTHER PRODUCERS OF GENERAL
AVIATION AIRCRAFT COMBINED
. IN MINNESOTA YOU HAVE THE
NUMBER ONE
WORLD LEADING PRODUCER OF AIRCRAFT RIGHT HERE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. IN
DULUTH MINNESOTA.
WE ARE PROUD OF THAT AND WE ARE PROUD
OF WHAT THAT’S GENERATED TO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN
? THAT MEANS IN DULUTH MINNESOTA WE STARTED WITH
30 EMPLOYEES
AT WE FINALLY FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEVELOP
THAT SITE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE
MIF FUNDS AND THE JOB CREATION ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO US AT THE TIME; AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND AND IN GRAND FORKS
NORTH DAKOTA
AND DOWN TO KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE. TODAY;
[INAUDIBLE] AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
IN MINNESOTA
HAVE ABOUT 700;000 FT. OF SPACE WE PAY ABOUT
$800;000 A YEAR IN REAL ESTATE TAXES AND AT 1500
EMPLOYEES. YOU CAN IMAGINE WITH THAT WOULD’VE DONE TO THE
BRAIN TO THE PEOPLE ON THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY DOWN AT THE
DULLES AIRPORT. SO TODAY AS WE SIT HERE WE ARE PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE
BEEN LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING TO DEVELOP NOT JUST A BUSINESS BUT AN ENTIRE AEROSPACE
INDUSTRY BECAUSE CLEARLY THE
1500 EMPLOYEES
THOUSAND WHICH ARE LOCATED IN OUR DULUTH MANUFACTURING COMPLEX. CLEARLY; DO NOT PRODUCE EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO OUR PRODUCT. THERE ARE CERTAINLY A MULTIPLE OF THAT TO THE DIFFERENT BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT OUR
BILL AND OUR MANUFACTURING IN DULUTH. THOSE THOUSAND JOBS I AM PROUD TO TELL YOU ARE ALL PRIMARY WAGE EARNING FULL-TIME JOBS
WITH BENEFITS. THERE IS NO JOB
AT [INAUDIBLE] THAT SOMEBODY CAN COME TO WORK; WORK HARD; HAVE A
REGULAR JOB WITH A GREAT
FUTURE IN THE PAY SCALE THAT ALLOWS
THEM TO OWN A HOME; DRIVE A
DECENT CAR; RAISE A FAMILY
AND PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE. WE ARE PROUD OF THAT. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE GROWN TO BECOME THE WORLD LEADER IN OUR INDUSTRY WE HOPE YOU ARE; TO AND WE ARE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT AT THIS
POINT ALTHOUGH WE GRUMBLE
ABOUT IT; O
F THE PRIVILEGE OF PAYING $800;000 A YEAR IN REAL ESTATE TAXES ON OUR FACILITIES.
WE WOULD LIKE
TO THANK THE INVESTMENT MADE BY MINNESOTA

BY DEPARTMENT OF TRADE BACK IN THE DAY AND DEED TODAY. IT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN A PRETTY GOOD INVESTMENT IN PRETTY GOOD
BED BY THE CITY IN THE REGION AND CERTAINLY THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND WE ARE PROUD TO BE HERE AND PROUD TO CALL MINNESOTA OUR CORPORATE HOME. WITH
THAT I’LL BE HAPPY TO ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME THIS MORNING.
>>CHAIR: THANK YOU
MR. KING.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU
>>CHAIR: REPRESENTATIVE HALEY HAS A QUESTION.
>>REPRESENTATIVE HALEY: I CAN WAIT UNTIL ALL THE TESTIFIERS
ARE DONE.
>>CHAIR: ALL RIGHT.
GOOD MORNING.
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY:
MR. CHAIR I LIKE TO PRESENT DEANNA
ARE
>>CHAIR: PLEASE
INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED
YOU.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS AGREE MY NAME IS
DEANNA MCKENNAN COMMUNITY AND
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF FAIRBAUGH’S AND HIM HERE ON BEHALF OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION MINNESOTA. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY
IN SUPPORT OF THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND AND THE JOB
CREATION FUND.
EDOM IS A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION
REPRESENTING OVER
400 PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AT THE STATE
REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL.
WE ARE OUR MEMBERS ARE ECONOMIC
DEVELOP PROFESSIONALS UTILIZE
THESE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS
BEING FUNDED
IN HOUSE FILES 1184; 1185; AND 1186. EDOM’S MEMBERS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY USED
EACH OF THESE FUNDS FOR
VARIOUS INITIATIVES AND ARE HERE TO FULLY SUPPORT THE ONGOING FUNDING OF THESE PROGRAMS. I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE
THE SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF HOW THE MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND
IN THE JOB CREATION FUND
WORKED WELL IN THE CITY OF
FAIRBAUGH. THE EXAMPLES I SHARE
DEMONSTRATE HOW TO VERY
DIFFERENT PROJECTS IN BOTH SIZE
AND SCALE BENEFITED FROM
THIS IMPORTANT
DEED PROGRAM TO THE FIRST PROJECT LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT IS [INAUDIBLE] LAST JUNE
[INAUDIBLE] APPLIED ANNOUNCE THEY BE BUILDING A SOUTHERN MINNESOTA MANUFACTURING FACILITY
IN
FAIRBAUGH OLD TO MANUFACTURE A
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART BILL TO
ORDER ROOFTOP HVAC PRODUCT ADDING
TO THEIR
COMPANY’S PORTFOLIO. [INAUDIBLE] IS A DIVISION OF
[INAUDIBLE] INDUSTRY A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT IS THE WORLD’S
NUMBER ONE
AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY. THE COMPANY IS HEADQUARTERED
IN JAPAN AND ALREADY HAS ONE OF ITS 90
PRODUCTION PLANTS IN FAIRBAULT.
THE COMPANY EVALUATED LOCATIONS OF MINNESOTA; IN TEXAS WHERE THEY CURRENTLY OWN A 4 MILLION
SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY
AND ALSO IN MEXICO. EVALUATED
THESE LOCATIONS
IS WHERE THEY WERE GOING TO INVEST $40 MILLION BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT FOR NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT AND ALSO
HIRE APPROXIMATELY 300 PEOPLE BY THE YEAR 2026. ULTIMATELY;
THEY SELECTED
FAIRBAULT WHERE THEY ACQUIRED A VACANT
300;000 FT.
WAREHOUSE THAT THEY’RE CONVERTING INTO A MANUFACTURING
PLANT FOR THIS NEW PRODUCT LINE. IN ORDER TO SECURE
THE PROJECT
IN FAIRBAULT MULTIPRONGED BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PACKAGE WAS DEVELOPED THAT LEVERAGED TAXES;
LOCAL INCENTIVES; AND THE DEED
PROGRAM. [INAUDIBLE]
APPLIED MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND
AWARD OF $750;000
AND A MEGA JOB CREATION FUND THEM AND
AWARD OF
$1.6 MILLION; WHICH WILL BE PAID OUT OVER TIME
BASED ON THE INVESTMENT THE
Y MAKE AND THEIR ACTUAL JOB
CREATION. THE
MIF AND JCF PROGRAM WERE ESSENTIAL TO SELECTING FAIRBAULT. NOT ONLY
DID THE
MIF PLAY A ROLE IN NEW CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND NEW
JOB CREATION THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT AND THESE PROGRAMS IS
MUCH BROADER. THIS PROJECT RESULTED IN [INAUDIBLE]
ACQUIRING AND [INAUDIBLE]
UNDERUTILIZE BUILDING. THE PROJECT IS AROUND THE COMPANY TO INCREASE PRODUCTION OF
THEIR LEGACY PRODUCT AND
THEIR EXISTING
PLANTS IN FAIRBAULT AND THIS PROJECT SECURE
THE COMPANIES
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO
OUR COMMUNITY. IT’S VERY MUCH A SUCCESS STORY.
THE SECOND PROJECT I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT IS STEIN AIR. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME THAT THE CITY FAIRBAULT WAS WORKING WITH AIKEN WHO ALSO WORKED WITH STEIN AIR. AN EXISTING HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AVIONICS COMPANY IN MINNESOTA. STEIN AIR WAS EVALUATING OPTIONS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS. THEIR
EXISTING LOCATION OFF OF
AN AIRFIELD WAS
CRITICALLY HINDERING THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND.
THEY RECEIVED AN ON AIRPORT LOCATION
WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE COMPANY
TO INSTALL
THE INSTRUMENT PANELS AND COMPONENTS THEY MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLE
INTO THE CLIENTS AIRCRAFT.
DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT STEIN AIR OFFERS ARE
NOT MANY COMPETITORS THROUGHOUT
THE COUNTRY AND SO
THEREFORE AND NUMBER OF STATES WERE
ACTIVELY RECRUITING THIS COMPANY
TO RELOCATE. EXPANDING
IN MINNESOTA WAS THE COMPANY’S
PREFERRED CHOICE
BUT THE LOCATION DECISION HAD TO
FINANCIALLY WORK. THE COMPANY
ULTIMATELY SELECT
FAIRBAULT AIRPORT TO RELOCATE THEIR BUSINESS. THE FAIRBAULT AIRPORT
IS ALREADY HOME TO OTHER
SPECIALIZED AVIONICS
COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES. THE COMBINATION O
F THE NICHE BUSINESSES ALREADY LOCATED AT THE AIRPORT AND THE OVERALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PACKAGE; WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN
FINANCE CONSTRUCTING A 16;000
A 16;000 FT. FACILITY THAT WILL
HOUSE MANUFACTURING
AND HANGAR SPACE. THEY INVESTED NEARLY
$2 MILLION. THEY ARE RELOCATING 17
HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS AND THEY COMMITTED TO CREATING AN ADDITIONAL A JOBS WITHIN THE NEXT THREE YEARS. STEIN AIR
RECEIVED A $100;000
JOB CREATION FUND AWARD. THIS PROJECT WHILE MUCH SMALLER IN SCALE THAN DRAGONS ALSO IS A
LARGER IMPACT
ON THE FAIRBAULT COMMUNITY. THE COMBINATION OF
STEIN AIR
WITH OUR EXISTING HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AVIONICS INDUSTRIES LOCATED AT THE AIRPORT IS CREATED AN
INDUSTRY CLUSTER
THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY
OF THE FAIRBAULT AIRPORT AS IT
POSITIONS ITSELF TO
ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL NICHE ECONOMIC
COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES. THESE TWO VERY DIFFERENT
EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE HOW MY COMMUNITY IS
A TESTAMENT
TO HOW THESE PROGRAMS CAN HELP
SUSTAIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND
BUSINESS EXPANSION.
BY SUSTAINING THIS FUNDING TO EACH PROGRAM WE CAN ENSURE MINNESOTA
IS POISED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES OF ALL SIZES WHENEVER AND WHEREVER
THEY ARRIVE. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK
IN SUPPORT OF THESE PROGRAMS AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
>>CHAIR: THANK YOU FOR
THE TESTIMONY. ANY OTHER
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: WE HAVE ONE MORE TESTIFIER. MARTHA
>>CHAIR:
GOOD MORNING. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE MY
NAME IS SENIOR VICE
PRESIDENT OF REAL
ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AT ST. PAUL PORT AUTHORITY AND
[INAUDIBLE] CONSULTING.
I AM GOING TO ASK YOU SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF OUR EXPENSES
WITH DEED’S REDEVELOPMENT
GRANT PROGRAM THE SUCCESS WE’VE HAD IN ST. PAUL
IN SUPPORT OF HF 1184.
THE PORT AUTHORITY HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 1920S. WE MANAGE THE RIVER
SHIPPING TERMINALS IN ST.
PAUL. HELPING COST-EFFECTIVELY GET
COMMODITY PRODUCTS
FROM MINNESOTA TO MARKETS ALL OVER
THE WORLD.
SALT AND CEMENT AND THINGS I GOT UP FROM THE SOUTH AND OUR FARM PRODUCTS OUT TO
GLOBAL MARKETS. IN THE 1960 WOULD BEGIN DOING REDEVELOPMENT
PROJECTS INLAND. TO DATE; WE DO
REDEVELOPED 21 BUSINESS CENTERS. THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL VARIETY ARE A VAST MAJORITY. THEY HOUSE
550 COMMITTEES OVER 24;000 JOBS
IT REALLY IS THE
COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL
BACKGROUND OF THE CITY OF ST. PAUL. SINCE 2000 WE HAVE RECEIVED SIX SEPARATE DEED REDEVELOPMENT GRANTS $4.759
IN TOTAL. WE HAVE USED THOSE
FUNDS TO
PREP SITES AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS FOUR OF THOSE 21
BUSINESS CENTERS. THEY ARE NOW GOING TO
24 BUSINESSES IN OVER 2800 JOBS
AND LOCATED ON THE SIDES THAT
WERE DEVELOPABLE BY DDE
ED DEED REDEVELOPMENT GRANTS BUT THAT REPRESENTS TO AN $7 MILLION IN PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDS HA
VE BEEN LEVERAGED. I’LL SPEAK REAL QUICKLY ABOUT EXPENSE
AT [INAUDIBLE]
FORMER 3M WORLD HEADQUARTERS ON THE SIDE OF ST. PAUL. WHEN 3M CONSOLIDATED
IN MAPLEWOOD WE HAD 1 MILLION
AND HALVES WHERE
FEET OF FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE VACANT BUILDINGS IN OUR CITY.
ACROSS 46 ACRES AND NUMEROUS PARCELS
WITH AGING INFRASTRUCTURE.
IN 2010 WE RECEIVED A $519;000
DEED GRANT
AND WE BOTH AN ACCESS ROAD OFF OF THE
[INAUDIBLE] BOULEVARD THAT PROVIDED SOME GREAT AXES TO WELL LOCATED DEVELOPMENT SITES BUT OTHERWISE INACCESSIBLE FROM
[INAUDIBLE] IN 2012
WE RECEIVED A THREE AND $56;000
DEED REDEVELOPMENT GRANT. WE UTILIZE THAT IN DEMOLISHING
SOME OF THOSE FUNCTIONALLY
OBSOLETE BUILDINGS. THOSE TWO
GRANTS TOTALING $872;000 ATTRACTED
$87 MILLION
IN PART A PRIVATE INVESTMENT TO THAT SITE AND
WITH THE ONE SITE WE HAVE REMAINING OUT AT BEACON BUT THE
FORMER 3M HAD CORES
THE ONE SITE LEFT AVAILABLE THAT EVOLVE UNTIL THE SITE WILL GET US TO OUR GOAL OF BRINGING 1000 JOBS BACK TO THE SIDE OF ST. PAUL.
THE STATE FUNDING
IS CRITICAL TO THE CAPITAL
STAFF. OR WERE THESE LARGE
REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
ALSO ARE MADE UP OF A DOZEN OR EVEN TWO DOZEN FUNDING SOURCES IN THE STATE MONEY REALLY HELPS ATTRACT
THE TIME AND ATTENTION AND INTEREST OF
OTHER JURISDICTIONS
TO OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOURCES;
PHILANTHROPIC SOURCES; AND
OF COURSE
WHEN PROPERLY PREPARED FOR DEVELOPMENT
PRIVATE INVESTMENT THAT WE LOVE TO SEE
IN OUR CITY ACROSS THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA. THROUGH OUR WORK
WITH [INAUDIBLE] AROUND THE
STATE WE
HAVE PROSPECTS IN REDWING; IN BEMIDJI AND
IN DULUTH AND AT LEAST TWO OF
THOSE CITIES HAVE A GREAT STORY
TO TELL FOR
A DEED REDEVELOPMENT GRANT. WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING OUR EXPERTISE FROM ST. PAUL
TO THOSE COMMUNITIES AND LIMITS THE SAME STATE DOLLARS TO THE EFFECT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IN ST. PAUL.
WITH THAT I’LL CONCLUDE BY JUST WANT TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.>>CHAIR:
THANK YOU.>>
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: THANK YOU; MR.
CHAIR. COMMITTEE; I WILL OPEN IT UP TO
QUESTIONS BUT I WANT
THE COMMITTEE TO KIND OF
UNDERSTAND THAT THE SMALL
WE ARE NEVER GOING TO BE
THE TAXA.
HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR CHECK TO BRING A BUSINESS INTO
A STATE. WE HAVE TO BE CREATIVE
BUT WE HAVE TO
BE NIMBLE AND THESE ARE THE FUNDS
THAT WE USE TO BE CREATIVE AND NIMBLE. SO WITH THAT I WILL OPEN IT UP TO COMMITTEE FOR QUESTIONS.
>>CHAIR:
REPRESENTATIVE HALEY>>REPRESENTATIVE HALEY:
THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE HONEY FOR BRINGING THE BILL FOR. I JUST HAVE A QUESTION TO UNDERSTAND THE FUNDS A LITTLE BIT BETTER. CAN YOU TELL ME THE TYPES OF PROJECTS SPECIFICALLY THAT ARE NOT
INCLUDED IN MIF SO YOU HAVE THIS KIND OF EXCEPTION TO
ALLOW A ADDITIONAL ALLOCATIONS?
>>
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: MR. CHAIR AND
REPRESENTATIVE HALEY; WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE EXACT
STATUTE; OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD I THINK IT’S RETAIL. PLACES
LIKE INSURANCE STOREFRONTS.
I’LL ASK MR. MCKENNA TO
COME DOWN AND ADD IF I’M
MISSING SOME. DID I MISS ANY?
>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS; REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY YOU ARE RIGHT. INCLUDING
SPORTS FACILITIES
. WE DON’T DO CASINOS WITH THOSE TYPES OF
FACILITIES EITHER. GENERALLY; RETAIL
ARE ELIGIBLE.>>REPRESENTATIVE HALEY:
WE DID THIS AS WELL IN 2017
; THE SIMILAR MEASURE; TO ALLOW
THE 20% TO BE PAID FOR THE 80%.
IS THIS SOMETHING WHERE WE SHOULD LOOK AT CHANGING THE
MIF PARAMETERS IF WE FIND THIS
NEED REPEATEDLY?
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY:
THERE’S ALWAYS THE OPPORTUNITY
TO MOVE THE BILL FORWARD.
I PERSONALLY I WOULD THINK I
WAS [INAUDIBLE] FOR
ADDITIONAL ASK WHEN REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER BUT THE BILL TOGETHER. BECAUSE
THIS IS WE’VE DONE
SOMETHING LIKE MIF AND JOB
CREATION SINCE
85; I THINK IT IS; SOME ARE IN THERE AND IT HAS CHANGED. THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TIMES
BUT I THINK THE LAST TIME WAS SIX OR EIGHT YEARS AGO AND I J
UST DON’T BELIEVE THAT THE RETAIL JOBS
PAY
THE VALUE THAT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA SHOULD BE INVESTED IN.
I PERSONALLY; WHEN I DID THIS
WHEN BOB
AND I REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER AND I COME UP WITH THIS
BILL TOGETHER SIX
TO 10 YEARS AGO WE WERE LOOKING AT FAMILY
SUPPORTING JOBS
IN MOST RETAIL JOBS COULD NOT
DO THAT. SO YOU ARE WELCOME TO
BUILD SUPPORT WITHIN THE COMMITTEE TO SEE IF
YOU CAN
GET SOME SUPPORT TO DO SOMETHING
LIKE THAT.>>REPRESENTATIVE HALEY:
THANK FOR THAT EXPLANATION. I WAS JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
MORE ABOUT THE BACKGROUND SO I
APPRECIATE THAT.
>>CHAIR: REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK.>>
REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: MN.IT
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY; I’M TRYING
TO UNDERSTANDTHE EXEMPTIONS A LITTLE BIT.
IT’S PERMISSIVE. SO AT THE LOCAL
UNIT OF GOVERNMENT HAS A BALANCE
THEY CAN CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE
IN THIS
WEATHER CAN CONTINUE TO DO WITH HER CURRENTLY DOING?
IF I UNDERSTAND
YOU CORRECTLY?>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: I THINK YOU ARE LOOKING AT HOUSE
FILE 1781 WHICH IS THE 20%. AS
THEY CANNOT
THEY CANNOT USE IT FOR RETAIL. THEY HAVE TO
DO IT
TO THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THAT’S NOT PROHIBITED UNDER MINNESOTA STATE LAW AND THE MIF
JOB CREATION
. IT WOULD ACTUALLY BE THE MIF BECAUSE JOB CREATION IS WHOLE DIFFERENT SET OF CRITERIA
THAT THEY PROBABLY COULD NOT MEET AND MIF
RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THAT. SO THERE AGAIN
CANNOT USE IT FOR RETAIL SALES ORGANIZATION BUT THEY COULD USE IT FOR SOME
ARE USING IT FOR SEWER AND WATER PAYMENTS.
>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. JUST TO CLARIFY;
WASN’T REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN USE THE MONEY FOR BUT WHETHER THEY
CHOOSE TO REPAY 20% OF
THEIR BALANCE
AND THEN HAVE A LITTLE BIT LESS RESTRICTIONS ON IT?
I THINK THERE’S MAYBE LIKE
96 LOCALITIES IF I WAS
READING THE FISCAL NOTE RATE.
THAT GOT REPORTED INTO THE PROGRAM. SO OUT OF THAT 96 THEY’RE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY 20% OF THE BALANCE.
>>CHAIR: MR. CHAIR I THINK WERE STILL TALKING ABOUT
1185 AND YOU MOVED TO 1781 WHICH WE HAD TO PROVE PRESENTED YET.
>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: MY JUMPING AHEAD A LITTLE BIT?
OKAY. IF
YOU ARE TO THE QUESTION NOW BUT I’M TRYING TO
UNDERSTAND THAT
BUT YOU CAN MOVE HOWEVER YOU LIKE.>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: WHY DO WE KEEP THEM SEPARATE
AND THEN
WE WILL KEEP MR. MCKENNA AROUND TO CORRECT ALL THE MISTAKES ABOUT TO MAKE
.>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: OKAY. NO PROBLEM.>>CHAIR: THANK
YOU REPRESENTATIVE. REPRESENTATIVE
PELOWSKI’S PULASKI
LOOK AT THE THINGS WE DID AT 2008
AND AFTERWARDS TO
CALL BACK AND GET PEOPLE TO SPEND THEIR FUNDS
[INAUDIBLE] IT’S INCREDIBLE
. WE GIVE YOU SO MUCH MONEY BUT
WE CAN [INAUDIBLE]
THERE’S SO MANY THINGS WE HAD TO
[INAUDIBLE] AND
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET MORE MONEY TO COMPETE WITH
OTHER STATES. I AM SO SICK
OF HAVING
THREE OR FOUR BANKERS IN WISCONSIN SAYING WE GOT ANOTHER ONE GUNTHER.
ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BUSINESSES CAME
TO WISCONSIN. WE DON’T
HAVE AMMUNITION TO GO AND
GET INDUSTRIES TO MOVE TO MINNESOTA
I’M AMAZED
; THE HIGH TAXES THAT WE’VE ALWAYS HAD SEEMS A VERY
LITTLE IMPACT.. IT
IS WHAT WE CAN GIVE THEM INCENTIVES TO COME TO MINNESOTA.
WE HAVE NO ARROWS IN OUR QUIVER SO
TO SPEAK WE HAVE TO
FIND OUT WAYS TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE
I LIKE WHAT WERE DOING WITH MIF MONEY
AND [INAUDIBLE] BUT IS THERE ANY WAY
THAT WE CAN GET THINGS SO WE CAN
COMPETE WITH AT LEAST OUR
NEIGHBORING STATES AND WHAT YOU RECOMMEND
WE DO?
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY:
GOSH AREN’T YOU A HOT ONE?
>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR
AND MEMBERS YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY HURT
OUR PROGRAMS
ARE FAIRLY MODEST COMPARED TO OTHER STATES.
WE HAVE
TRADITIONALLY COME IN MY 13 YEARS I’VE BEEN AT
THE DEPARTMENT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN
THAT SITUATION.. WE DO NOT
COMPETE WELL WITH IF YOU ARE
LOOKING AT JUST
GENERALLY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY
THAT WE ARE MAKING AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES
. THAT BEING SAID; WE RELY UPON
OBVIOUSLY OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE RELY UPON
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT
ARE PARTICIPATING TO ASSIST
. IN A LOT OF THESE DEALS.
BUT MORE SO WE ALSO RELY UPON GENERALLY THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY
THAT IS HERE IN THE HOPE THAT
A LOT OF THEM WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND
. YOU KNOW THAT’S OUR
BIGGEST CHALLENGE
TODAY IS THAT A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES THAT WE ARE
DOING WITH;; HAVE OTHER OPTIONS
? I MEAN YOU JUST HEARD
FROM [INAUDIBLE] THEY
DO NOT HAVE TO DO WITH THEY DID HERE
IN MINNESOTA AND SO WE USE
OUR PROGRAMS TO
THE BEST ABILITY WE CAN. WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE CAPS
AND LIMITS ON THE AMOUNTS THAT WE
CAN PROVIDE TO
ANYONE BUSINESS WHICH ARE GENERALLY UNDER
$3 MILLION IS THE MOST WE
CAN ADMINISTRATIVELY AWARD FOR
THESE PROGRAMS. SO;
IT IS ABOUT BEING PREPARED. IT IS ABOUT
HAVING COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS. SO IN OTHER WORDS YOUR INVESTING
INSIGHTS CAN COME INVESTING
IN OPPORTUNITIES AND GETTING
A LOT OF THE FUN EXPENDITURES OUT OF
THE WAY. THAT’S A HUGE COMPONENT
. THEN; ON THE OTHER SIDE
WE WORK WITH THE BUSINESS TO
HOPEFULLY
ADDRESS THEIR [INAUDIBLE] IN OTHER WORDS
WHETHER CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
ARE GOING
. WHERE PEOPLE ISSUE IS IN A TRAINING ISSUE
? THAT’S WHERE YOU ARE TRYING TO
MOVE THE NEEDLE IF YOU WILL IN
OUR PROGRAMS ARE FAIRLY STRATEGIC IN THAT WAY AND AS I’VE
MENTIONED BEFORE THEY ARE MODEST BUT WE DO
OUR BEST WITH THE TOOLS WE HAVE AND
WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE HAVE BEEN
REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL OVER
THE PAST DOZEN YEARS.
>>REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER: THANK YOU. I FIND A KIND OF REMARKABLE F
OR WHAT YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH FOR WHAT YOU CAN OR; SHOULD I GIVE YOU A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THAT. I JUST WONDER
WHO WE COULD DO IF WE HAD
THE RESOURCES IOWA HAS. [INAUDIBLE]
THAT ONE IS [INAUDIBLE] I GOT
TO KNOW THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA
I JUST ONE OF OUR [INAUDIBLE]
HE WOULD STOP AT MY DELI AND GROCERY STORE AND IT WAS
REALLY AMAZING. [INAUDIBLE]
LET’S KEEP THIS TOWN ALIVE FOR THE NEXT
50 YEARS. THAT
WAS HIS ANSWER BUT WE DON’T HAVE THE TOOLS TO
WORK WITH; FOR YOU TO EFFECTIVELY DO
YOUR JOB.
SO IF YOU GET US A LIST OF WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE
YOU ABLE TO
GROW AND PROSPER THE WAY WE SHOULD
BE GROWING. WE HAVE THE WORKFORCE.
WE HAVE THE EDUCATION. WITH EVERYTHING GOING FOR US.
WE NEED [INAUDIBLE] TO GET IT DONE.
>>CHAIR: ALL RIGHT.
THERE’S NO OTHER QUESTIONS;
DO YOU KNOW YOUR MOTION FOR HOUSE FILE
; MR. CHAIR; HOUSE FILE 11
HE FIVE>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: I
WILL RENEW BUT
ADD TO REPRESENTATIVE
GUNTHER’S COMMENTS.
REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER
AND I HAVE LONG SERVED ON THIS COMMITTEE.
WE SEE OTHER STATES DO OFFER TO PUT
OUT THERE
[INAUDIBLE] WE WERE FINE BALANCING ACT OF HOW MUCH
WE ARE GOING TO ASSIST COMPANIES
AND WE ARE NEVER GOING TO
COMPETE FOR AN AMAZON
LIKE THE LAST PARTICULAR PIECE F
OR NEW JERSEY OFFERS $7 BILLION AND
WE GET GRIEF TRYING TO GO ABOVE
$20 MILLION
A YEAR. WE ARE NEVER GOING TO GET SOME OF THESE AUTO MANUFACTURERS
THAT ARE OFFERED $1 BILLION
. FRANKLY; I DON’T THINK
CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WAS STAND FOR $1 BILLION FOR A
LARGE CORPORATION. SO WE HAVE
TO USE I WAS AMAZED
TALKING TO ONE
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE WHEN
HE SAID; WELL ONE OF THE THINGS I USED
TO RECRUIT MY MIDDLE RANGE AND
UPPER RANGE EXECUTIVES IS THAT
I TOLD HIM THAT ALMOST ALL OF
MY EXECUTIVES
CHILDREN GO TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA.
HE SAYS THAT IS AN ALMOST UNHEARD OF; UNHEARD OF;
BUT I TOLD
HIM THAT WE ARE TWO HOURS AWAY FROM VIRGIN FOREST
WERE DOWN IN THE SOUTHWEST; I
CAN’T REMEMBER
WHAT TRACY MENTIONED HE CALLED
IT [INAUDIBLE]
IS AN INTERESTING MIX OF HOW WE GET AND KEEP
COMPANIES HERE BUT WE ARE A
MISERLY STATE WHEN IT COMES TO SUBSIDIES AND COMPANIES TO BRING IN HIM WE HAVE TO USE OTHER TOOLS
WILL BE INTERESTED TO SEE
WHICH ONES YOU RECOMMEND WE
TRY NEW. SO WITH THAT; MEMBERS I WOULD MOVE TO
LAY OVER HOUSE FILE 1185 FOR
POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL.
>>CHAIR: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.

CHAIR MAHONEY MOVES HOUSE FILE 11
HE FIVE BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION
. THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. WE NOW HAVE
HOUSE FILE 1781
AND WE BEEN HEARING ABOUT MIF. MR. CHAIR
PLEASE PROCEED>>
REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.
I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 1781
TO WAYS AND MEANS. WE HEARD OF
THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM
WHERE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
WITH A 20% RETURN TO THE STATE
CAN USE THE OTHER 80% OF THEIR MONIES
FOR PROCEEDS FROM THESE PARTICULAR MIF LOANS FOR
ANY PURPOSE THAT IS LEGALLY ALLOWED.
THIS IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF THIS BUT IN THE PROGRAM
. WE WILL SEE IF WE INCLUDED
WE CAN MOVE IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR.
I WILL STAND FOR QUESTIONS.
>>CHAIR:
REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK.
>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED HERE.
THANK YOU. THE AUTHOR
HAS PRESENTED
>>>>
[MULTIPLE VOICES.]>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: SO
THIS IS
; OF LOCAL UNIT OF GOVERNMENT IN A CITY OR WHATNOT
HAS A BALANCE OF THEIR MIF
BALANCE REMAINING THEY
CAN CHOOSE TO REPAY 20% BACK AND THEN HAVE A LITTLE BIT
LESS RESTRICTIONS AND WITH
THE USE WITH THE REMAINING 80%
BUT IT’S THEIR CHOICE. WE’RE NOT PRESCRIBING THAT THEY MUST
WITH A HAVE TWO. IS THAT CORRECT?
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: MR. CHAIR; YES; THAT IS CORRECT.
WE ARE NOT FORCING THEM TO USE THIS AT ALL. MR. CHAIR AND
REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK; WHAT HAS
WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS THAT
OFTENTIMES IT’S NOT
ENOUGH MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNTS
TO REALLY EFFECTIVELY BRING A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BUSINESS
INTO THEIR PARTICULAR COMMUNITY.
THE LATEST EXAMPLE I HAVE IS THAT A
SMALL TOWN HAD COME I DON’T KNOW
50;000 IN THERE. THEY SENT 20% BACK AND USED
THE $30;000 OR WHATEVER IT WAS TO MAKE A
DOWN PAYMENT ON THEIR SEWER AND WATER
INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM
TO REDUCE THE COST TO
THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT IT SERVED.
THERE WERE THE PROBLEMS THAT SMALL TOWNS IN GREATER MINNESOTA HAVE
IS THAT THEIR SEWER AND WATER IS
GETTING OLD. I’M NOT THRILLED THAT
THEY’RE USING
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MONIES FOR THAT BUT
AGAIN; I AGAIN A BIT IT’S
BETTER UNDERSTAND
USE THE MONEY THAN LET IT SIT IN A BANK ACCOUNT.>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION
AND SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON THE. I GUESS THAT WAS MY CONCERN A LITTLE BIT; TOO; BUT
YOU BEEN AROUND A LITTLE LONGER SO I WILL FOLLOW YOUR LEAD A LITTLE BIT BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD
PUT LIMITS ON WHEN THEY HAVE TO
USE [INAUDIBLE] JUST AN IDEA FOR
DISCUSSION REALLY THANK YOU FOR
THE CLARIFICATION.
>>CHAIR: CHAIR MAHONEY
SEEING NO OTHER QUESTIONS
DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO TESTIFY?
PLEASE GIVE US YOUR CLOSING REMARKS ON YOUR MOTION>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. MEMBERS IT’S A GOOD BILL COULD PLEASE VOTE FOR IT.>>
CHAIR: CHAIR MAHONEY RECOMMENDS HOUSE FILE 1781 TWO
BE RECOMMENDED TO THE WAYS
AND MEANS
. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.]
OPPOSED? SEEING NONE
THE MOTION PASSES.
>>[GAVEL]
>>CHAIR:
WE DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER BILLS IN FRONT OF
THE COMMITTEE.
WE ARE NOT COMING BACK TONIGHT. WERE DONE WITH MOST OF THE BUSINESS
>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: ACTUALLY THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO SAY WAS THAT I DON’T WANT
TO STAFF
. UNDER THE BUS. THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT
FISCAL NOTE THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO GET A
FISCAL NOTE FOR THE THREE BILLS
ARE GOING TO HEAR TONIGHT. SO
WE WILL TRY ANOTHER DEADLINE
AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL NOT HAVE
TOO MANY LATE NIGHT MEETINGS.
THOUGH START HAVING
NIGHT MEETINGS AS WE COME ALONG BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE FOUR
MEETINGS [INAUDIBLE]
I WILL BE MORE SELECTIVE IN SOME OF THE BILLS WE HERE. THERE’S NO SENSE
THE BUDGET IS NOT GOING TO ALLOW FOR $25 MILLION PROJECTS
RIGHT NOW. IT’S JUST NOT IN THE
BUDGET. SO THOSE THAT
ASK FOR LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GET A BIG HEARING UNLESS THERE IS A
YOU ARE SETTING UP FOR THE NEXT BIENNIUM. SO WITH THAT MR. CHAIR THANK YOU.
>>CHAIR:
THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. WITH THAT WE ARE ADJOURNED.>>[GAVEL]>>[ADJOURNMENT]>>

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