May 2023

Legislative Update

The legislature adjourned it session this week.  This session is broadly considered the most unfriendly session towards business in history.  Our industry faces an unpreceded number of new sets of rules and regulations.  We will be having a statewide tour in the next few weeks to dive more into details than what we can provide on this quick update.  Some of the biggest pieces of legislation that were passed include, paid family medical leave, legalized cannabis, earned sick and safe time, a new gas tax which is indexed to inflation, sustainable aviation fuel, and finally the unpleasant modification to our below cost selling statute which we were able to save after being close to being fully repealed.  After it’s all said and done its likely this session will have increased the state budget by 40% and being close to spending $72 billion dollars over two years.

As mentioned earlier the below cost statute was very close to being repealed until a compromise was reached.  The compromise does two things:

  1. Repeals the 8 cents or 6% whichever is less.
    1. Retailers will now be allowed to sell at the average terminal cost (may go lower than the average if they provide proof they purchased it for cheaper and it must include freight)
  2. Codifies current market practices.
    1. Meaning that current coupon programs, loyalty programs, and member-based programs will be allowed to sell under cost.
  1. We have a commitment from legislative leaders to monitor this over the summer and if any negative impacts are seen by this they will be addressed.

Please look at our legislative workshop schedule below and see what ones work for you.  If not please reach to Dallas at for more info!

Legislative Workshop Schedule

RSVP to Anne Leikam at

Monday, June 12th:

9:00am – 11:00am

New Ulm Conference Center – Schell’s Room

2102 S Broadway Street

New Ulm, MN 56073

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Staybridge Suites

2350 Commerce Dr NW

Rochester, MN 55901


Tuesday, June 13th:

9:00am – 11:00am

Maple Grove Community Center – Room 133

12951 Weaver Lake Road

Maple Grove, MN 55369

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Henry’s Foods – Training Room

Enter through Main Office Entrance (buzzed in) up stairs & to the right

234 North Mckay Ave

Alexandria, MN 56308


Wednesday June 14th:

9:00am -11:00am

Fairfield Inn & Suites

514 Gateway Drive NE

East Grand Forks, MN 56721

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Timberlake Lodge – Oak Room

144 SE 17th Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Thursday, June 15th:

10:00am – 12:00pm

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth – Downtown

200 West First Street

Duluth, MN 55802