The Minnesota Restaurant Association follows hundreds of bills during each legislative session. Listed below are our top legislative priorities for 2017. Please view each issue brief for more information about our position and statements that support our stance.
- Ensure uniform state labor standards in Minnesota and maintain the principle of “one state – one rule.” We support legislation that preempts the authority of local governments to establish local minimum wages and employee benefits. View issue brief.
- Recognize the value of tips and improve the equity between tipped and non-tipped employees by removing the inflation factor from the minimum wage of tipped workers who earn $12.00 an hour or more with their wage and tips. View issue brief.
- ADA legal actions – support strong legislation to reduce the risk of predatory lawsuits. View issue brief.
- Exempt restaurant equipment, employee meals and comps from the sales tax. View issue brief.
- Vendor collection allowance – allow businesses who remit taxes on time to keep 1-2% to cover part of the cost of collection. View issue brief.
- Phase out the statewide business property tax. View issue brief.
- Support a state tax credit for employers who offer short term disability insurance. View issue brief.
- Support a restricted driving credential for immigrant workers who are undocumented. This is the Business Immigration Coalition position. View issue brief.
- Support a state income tax credit for ready-to-eat food donations. View issue brief.
- Support a utility sales tax reduction for restaurants that parallels the reduction for other manufacturers. View issue brief.
- Repeal the June accelerated sales tax requirement. View issue brief.
Legislation the MRA Opposes:
- Predictable scheduling mandate
- Paid family and medical leave benefits
- Beverage container deposits
- Ban on the use of polystyrene packaging for foodservice and other packaging restrictions
- Prohibition on passing payment card fees on tips to employees