MHTA to detail legislative agenda on Feb 25

Folks might be interested; the reception is open to everyone…

2015 MHTA Legislative Agenda announced | Minnesota High Tech Association
With the 2015 legislative session underway, MHTA has released its legislative agenda. Topping the list of MHTA’s legislative priorities include additional funding for both the Angel Investor tax credit and the R&D tax credit, increased investments in broadband, and renewed funding for the SciTechsperience Internship Program.

Specifically, MHTA proposes:

  • Increasing the second tier of the R&D tax credit from 2.5 percent to 4.0 percent.
  • Making the R&D tax credit refundable.
  • Increasing investments in the Angel investor tax credit to $22.5 million over FY2016-17.
  • Funding the SciTechsperience Internship Program at $2 million over FY2016-17.

As Minnesota competes with other states and countries around the world to attract innovative, high-tech companies, we must make strategic investments in areas that enhance our economic competitiveness. These proposed investments, and others, are necessary to help make Minnesota more economically competitive and propel it into one of the nation’s top five science and technology states. For a complete list of MHTA’s 2015 legislative priorities and public policy principles click here.

MHTA will introduce its legislative agenda to legislators and members of the Governor’s Cabinet at the February 25 MHTA and Life Science Alley (LSA) Legislative Reception. …

For more details on the 2015 MHTA/LSA Legislative Reception and to register click here.

Spoiler alert, here’s what they say about broadband

Goal: Expand the availability and use of broadband technology to grow new markets, enhance
educational access, improve quality of life, and provide Minnesota citizens and businesses the
capabilities necessary to compete in a dynamic global marketplace.
Action: Support recommendations of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force:
 Authorize $2.9 million for the Office of Broadband Development
 Authorize $200 million for a Border to Border Infrastructure Grant Program
 Create an Office of Broadband operating fund to promote broadband adoption and use
 Increase School and Library Telecommunications Aid
 Support efforts of schools utilizing 1:1 devices via development of best practices
 Make sales tax exemption for telecommunications permanent
 Review existing permitting criteria to see where there might be possibilities to streamline.

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