Jerry Hertaus, President of the Rockford-Greenfield Area Chamber of CommerceMinnesota’s Economy

Minnesota has been home to many Fortune 500 companies. The competitive business climate that gave birth to many of these once start-up companies has been under assault for decades in Minnesota. Minnesota is under threat as a destination state for business due to onerous regulations despite our skilled and educated work force. Through conservative leadership, we can promote and protect a competitive business climate in which the state of Minnesota can become a leader in sustainable job creation through entrepreneurial innovation and new business development

Cities and Towns Local Economy

As past Mayor of Greenfield, I have first hand knowledge of the constant financial pressure resulting from unfunded mandates and legislation by higher levels of government. Compliance with mandates either demands or requires increased property taxes. Providing the most basic functions of local government is fiscally challenging for many cities and towns. State legislation should avoid costly unfunded mandates, and as your Representative, I will work hard to protect taxpayers from these often unfair and unnecessary unfunded mandates.