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River Heights Chamber General Policies & Policy Positions

General Policies

The River Heights Chamber of Commerce seeks to safeguard the privacy of our website users.  By accessing this website, you agree to the policies as posted herein.   Your payment and personal information are always safe. The software used by our credit card processor is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions.

Consumer Data Privacy Policy:
This chamber respects our website visitors’ right to privacy online. We will not sell or rent personal information to other companies for use in selling products or services.  This chamber uses the information for general purposes such as fulfilling your requests for publications and providing anonymous reporting for internal and external purposes.

We may communicate with website visitors via e-mail or other online delivery devices only if the website visitor agrees to receive those communications. When requesting information from lodging properties, our office shares information with chamber member businesses that can provide you with additional information about lodging and recreation opportunities via e-mail and postal mail.

Visitors who believe they are receiving our communications in error, or no longer desire to receive them, should inform us and we will remove those names from our mailing lists. Visitors may also unsubscribe from any chamber email communications at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link on specific email communications.

Refund Policy:

Membership Dues:  Payment of membership dues is due at the time of application or at the beginning of your renewal year.  Dues are considered non-refundable.   For companies choosing the monthly credit card payment option, membership will automatically renew at the end of 12 months and monthly billing will continue until the chamber is notified in writing to discontinue.

Event Attendance:  Registration fees to attend events where a meal and/or materials are to be provided will be refunded if cancellation is received 72 hours in advance and during normal business hours.

Sponsorship/Advertising:  The chamber does not offer refunds on any sponsorship or advertising.

Chamber Marketing Info:  No returns will be allowed or refunds on orders for the chamber’s mailing list, either in label, disc or email format once the mailing has been mailed, delivered or picked up by the member or representative ordering the information.

Shipping Policy:  There is no shipping method as the nature of our sales are for services rendered, not tangible products; however, in the rare case of a tangible product sold, the chamber will advise the purchaser in advance of applicable shipping costs.

The River Heights Chamber of Commerce prides itself on being the watchdog for the local business community.  At the December 20, 2018 Board of Directors meeting, the River Heights Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors reviewed and adopted the following legislative priorities set forth by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Federation for the 2019 legislative session.

2019 Minnesota Chamber Federation Priorities adopted by the River Heights Chamber of Commerce:

Tax Competitiveness

We support a pro-growth tax system that improves competitiveness, reduces complexity, improves predictability and stability, and increases accountability. Minnesota’s state and local tax systems should be changed to ensure they cultivate innovation, attract investment and foster job growth and retention.   Minnesota must enact a more competitive, pro-growth, simplified tax system and lower tax rates so Minnesota is no longer in the top ten states for high taxes.

Key Priorities:

  • Return any state revenue gains realized from federal tax conformity by enacting state tax reform that improves Minnesota’s tax competitiveness.
  • Reduce corporate and individual income tax rates so Minnesota is no longer in the top ten highest tax rate states.
  • Enact tax relief for pass-through entities by reducing rates for business income and adopt federal conformity with expensing rules.
  • Implement federal estate tax conformity.
  • Protect research-and-development tax credit.
  • Reduce state property tax levy so Minnesota businesses no longer have property tax burdens that are among the nation’s ten most burdensome.
  • Improve taxpayer procedural protections and administration.

Control Health Care Costs

 Ensure access to quality, affordable health care in the commercial market by reducing health care taxes and mandates; expanding product and coverage options for employers and individuals; increasing market competition and stability; encouraging outcome-based payment and delivery reform; and improving consumer engagement and transparency of cost and quality.

Key Priorities:

  • Improve care outcomes and reduce costs by aligning Minnesota’s Health Records Act with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
  • Pursue greater state flexibility under the Affordable Care Act’s innovation waivers.

Preserve Private Sector Flexibility (Pre-emption)

 Employers must have the flexibility to provide benefits that are appropriate for their workplace and responsive to industry needs. Local governments are right to impose certain requirements on public sector workplaces and local government employees, but enacting employee wage and benefit mandates on private employers is outside city authority.  We will aggressively pursue opportunities to advance statewide pre-emption of local mandates.  We will advance and protect employer efforts to develop their own distinctive approaches to competitive employee benefits. We oppose attempts by state policymakers to implement mandates at the state level without including reasonable exceptions for the variety and nuances of the many workplaces across Minnesota.

We support broadly sharing employers’ best practices so all businesses in the state are aware of voluntary approaches to compete for and retain the best employees and maintain progressive workplaces. State and local policymakers should be encouraging this trend and not imposing one-size-fits-all mandates.

Full Dedication of Transportation-Related Revenues

The 2017 legislature passed the largest transportation funding bill in nearly a decade. Nearly $2 billion of transportation-related sales taxes will be captured and directed to the state’s transportation system over the next 10 years.  This includes 100% of the revenues generated from the sales tax on rental cars and approximately 60% of revenues generated from the sales tax on auto parts. The Minnesota Chamber has been a strong advocate for the investment of these transportation-related General Fund resources in transportation infrastructure and services. We support the full dedication of the auto parts sales tax to transportation.

We are committed to a multi-modal system, including investment in transit. We will work with the Legislature to resolve the long-term funding challenges around the metro bus system and support greater Minnesota transit as well.

Workforce Solutions

 We will work to accelerate private sector solutions to help Minnesota employers attract and retain the skilled workers needed to compete.  We will work to continue to build and deploy programs through the Center for Workforce Solutions in partnership with our Federation partners, like the Business Education Networks.  Legislative solutions should focus on re-directing existing funding to effective programs that meet the needs of the changing economy and employers.

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