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June 26, 2013

Chamber recaps '13 Legislature

Message: Despite taxes, an OK year for business


Zierdt asked specifically about the controversial tax on rented space used for warehousing. As Democrats promised immediately after the session, Johnson said the party would be taking another look at the tax.

But Sheran acknowledged she'll continue to be a proponent of lowering the sales tax while widening its application. Dayton's plan earlier in the session to tax business services like accounting met with fierce opposition from business.

Zierdt asked the legislators to look ahead to next year, when there won't be a two-year budget to craft. Johnson said he likes the idea of an "unsession," where legislators talk about removing old laws instead of making new ones. He asked business owners to send him ideas about old laws that no longer have merit.

When asked whether his members agree with the argument that this was a good session for business, Zierdt said he wasn't sure because he hadn't surveyed them. He said several people have brought up the warehousing tax with him, prompting his question to lawmakers.


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