Taxes and the legislative session: Stop attacking large Minnesota employers

In a Star Tribune commentary, Minnesota Business Partnership executive director Charlie Weaver calls out legislators who have vilified Minnesota businesses in an effort to distract from the debate over harmful proposed tax hikes. In recent weeks, some DFL legislators have vilified unnamed Minnesota companies, accusing them of exploiting tax loopholes Continue Reading...

Changes are needed to serve all Minnesota students; so is urgency

In a Star Tribune commentary co-authored by Minnesota Business Partnership executive director Charlie Weaver, legislators are urged to address the state’s glaring achievement gaps. Despite the widespread belief that Minnesota schools are among the best, the truth is that they’re not the best for all kids: Students of color continue to Continue Reading...

Statement regarding the passing of Duane Benson

Statement from Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, regarding the passing of Duane Benson: “Duane Benson represented everything that is good about elected officials and those who engage in politics in Minnesota. As a legislator, he was widely respected on both sides of the aisle and a key Continue Reading...

Minnesota Business Partnership to Present Mayo Clinic with Minnesota Legacy Award

Minneapolis – The Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today announced that Mayo Clinic will receive the 2018 Minnesota Legacy Award. The award is given each year to a Minnesota company that exemplifies the business community’s commitment to corporate responsibility, community leadership, and philanthropy. Mayo will be honored tonight before more than Continue Reading...

Minnesota business leaders honor Banyan Community with Minnesota’s Future Award

Minneapolis – The Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today announced that Banyan Community in Minneapolis will receive the 2018 Minnesota’s Future Award. Since 2006, the Minnesota’s Future Award has recognized high-performing, diverse schools or education programs for their success in helping all students succeed. Banyan will be honored tonight before more Continue Reading...

Business community partners with health department to fight opioid epidemic

In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic and its impact on Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today released the Opioid Epidemic Response: Employer Toolkit. Opioid addiction continues to be a major public health problem in Minnesota and other states. In 2017, Minnesota recorded Continue Reading...

Statement from Charlie Weaver regarding Minnesota’s academic performance data

MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, issued the following statement regarding Minnesota’s latest round of academic performance data: “Unfortunately, today’s release of academic performance data by the Minnesota Department of Education shows that, once again, student achievement in reading and math remains flat, as it Continue Reading...

School rating system will help Minnesota parents make informed choices

In a commentary for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Business Partnership education committee chairman Pat Ryan writes that the Legislature should pass an easy-to-understand rating system for schools and districts. No one should oppose a transparent, objective and straightforward rating system that helps parents make informed decisions about their Continue Reading...

Tariff threats are bad for Minnesota

In a March 8 commentary in the Star Tribune, Charlie Weaver of the Business Partnership warns that steel and aluminum tariffs could ignite a trade war, harming Minnesota businesses, workers, and consumers. Excerpt: Punitive tariffs do not solve trade disputes. They deepen them by undermining existing trade relationships and inviting retaliation Continue Reading...