To read Doug Loon's letter in full, click here.

Dear Members,

With one week to go in the session, let's take a step back and reflect on the magnitudeof the policies yet to be decided at the Capitol. Each week for the last few months, we've summarized hundreds of bills in At the Capitol - each with its own purpose, price tag and impact on your lives.

A clear trend has emerged: The overreach of tax increases and workplace mandates proposed by Governor Walz and House leadership jeopardizes the very affordability for which Minnesotans yearn.

Minnesota should be affordable for families to buy a home and to raise their children. Minnesota should provide opportunity to grow a business, employ workers and pay good wages. Business success and family livelihoods are inextricably tied. Quality, good-paying jobs contribute to the quality of life that we all enjoy in Minnesota.

The governor and House leadership repeatedly say they are looking out for the best interests of Minnesotans by raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy. Yet, together they are proposing $12 billion in increased taxes and fees on all Minnesotans.

While the purpose and impact of each proposal may be debated separately, it's impossible to ignore the cumulative impact on our pocketbooks and the resulting risk on the state's long-term economic outlook. By the state's own study, business costs eventually get passed onto employees and customers.

Minnesota has a $1 billion budget surplus and record cash reserves. Now is not the time to increase costs on job-creators, creating additional headwinds to investing in Minnesota. Instead, let's make Minnesota affordable for businesses and families alike. 

If you agree, I invite you to share your story with legislators.  They need to hear from real people like you about what expensive, expansive tax-and-spend policies do to your business and household budgets.
Groundbreaking Ceremony - My Place Hotels

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 - 11:00 AM
3912 12th Ave E.
Shakopee, MN 55379

Please join us for a Groundbreaking Ceremony welcoming My Place Hotels to Shakopee- then head to Muddy Cow for the reception (located at 1244 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379).

*RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration - Christine Tierney Studio

Wednesday, May 22
10:00 - 11:00 AM
113  Lewis. St. S
Shakopee, MN 55379

Join us as we celebrate and welcome the Chamber's newest member Christine Tierney Studio. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 am followed by refreshments and a souvenir takeaway for everyone in attendance!

Christine Tierney is currently the President of Lake Country Pastel Society, and the past President of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota. She has been the featured artist in many venues, won numerous awards, and her paintings are in several private collections.

*RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Little Chicago Chophouse Opens at Canterbury Park

During Prohibition, Shakopee was a place where Twin Cities' residents retreated for underground bars, widespread gambling, and thick steaks.
That reputation earned the city a nickname:

Little Chicago.

Introducing Little Chicago Chophouse - a new home for specialty cocktails, thick steaks, fresh seafood and delicious brunch just steps from Canterbury Park's casino floor. 
Wed - Thur:  5P-10P
Fri:  5P - 11P
Sat:  4P - 11P
Sun: 4P - 10P

Sat - Sun: 10AM - 2AM

Reservations, Menus & Info at LittleChicagoChophouse.com
Upcoming Youth/Amateur Athletic Tournaments

Summer means youth/amateur athletic tournaments are coming to the Shakopee area. Below is a list of the six larger tournaments/ events coming to Shakopee. If you have any questions about these events or need additional information, please contact Tim Zunker.

Executive & Business Owners Roundtable

The Shakopee Chamber Executive & Business Owner's Roundtable provides a structured, confidential and trusting environment for executives and business owners to give and receive the benefit of their experiences to help resolve business challenges.  Participation in this group allows leaders to make better strategic decisions, focus on "the right things," improve communication and build long-term relationships.

Held the second  Wednesday  of the month | Click here to find out more.