Our 87th Annual Meeting of Members combines a unique opportunity to connect with your colleagues and peers, learn more about the ongoing work and activities of the MCFE, and engage on timely policy topics of importance to Minnesota’s economy and state competitiveness.
This year our focus is on business tax incentives and state tax policy. Has the policy ideal of a competitive, level playing field for state and local business taxation become a relic in today’s economic development environment? Can tax incentives be complementary with good tax policy? Or are they fundamentally irreconcilable ideas that have to somehow get along for the sake of the children (the “kids” being Minnesota’s economy)? And if so, what does that kind of “marriage” look like? A distinguished panel of government and business officials will examine these questions moderated by Chris Farrell, award winning journalist, radio host and Senior Economics Contributor for American Public Media.
A national perspective on this topic will be offered by Billy Hamilton and at our annual meeting luncheon. As the author of State Tax Merry Go Round, he has his finger on the pulse of state tax policy around the country. A former president of both the Federation of Tax Administrators and the National Tax Association, Billy Hamilton was named to State Tax Notes’ “All Decade State Tax Team” which includes the most influential people in the state and local tax world over the last 10 years.
Our Policy Session commences with our annual Commissioner’s Update from the Department of Revenue highlighting departmental initiatives and developments and topics likely to be raised in the coming legislative session.
The Policy Session is open to both members and non members, so please consider hosting a friend or colleague and introducing them to the MCFE.
Don’t miss your opportunity. REGISTER TODAY! Questions? Call our office at 651-224-7477.
Review of 2013 activities, committee reports, and election of board members
(Individuals who are not members of the MCFE are welcome to join us for the policy session. CLE and CPE credits will be applied for.)
9:30 am – 10:00 am Commissioner’s Update
Myron Frans, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue
10:00 am – 11:30 am Business Incentives and Sound Tax Policy: Friends, Enemies, or a Difficult Marriage?
An in-depth look at the increasing tension between the policy ideal of a competitive, level playing field for state and local business taxation, the growing push to provide conditional tax breaks based on private sector behaviors and promises, and today’s economic development realities.
Moderator: Chris Farrell
Radio Host and Senior Economics Contributor, American Public Media
• Representative Ann Lenczewski, Chair, House Tax Committee
• Bill Blazar, Senior Vice President, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
• David Griggs, Vice President, Business Investment, Greater MSP
• Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, DEED
• Dr. Tom Stinson, former State Economist
Luncheon Speaker: Billy Hamilton
National columnist and former President of National Tax Association and Federation of Tax Administrators