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Minnesota Grocers Recognizes 2014 Legislator Of The Year

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The Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) presented its 2014 MGA Legislator of the Year Award to Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) at its annual legislative dinner in St. Paul on Jan. 28.

Each year, the MGA acknowledges a lawmaker who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the retail food industry. This year’s honor went to Dahms for his work last session in advocating for the industry’s priorities. His steadfast commitment against burdensome regulations, costly mandates and government overreach was unwavering in supporting the food industry of Minnesota, according to the MGA.

As the minority lead on the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Dahms distinguished himself with his work with the MGA and other legislators on concerns with youth unemployment and the unintended consequences if a significant increase occurs. His work led to the Senate adopting a “youth wage” in its version of the minimum wage legislation.

“Sen. Dahms supports common-sense policies that create job growth and spur economic activity,” said Jamie Pfuhl, president of the MGA. “He has shown extraordinary leadership in recognizing the need for competitive fairness, a level playing field for business and supporting youth employment. A free marketplace that does not place undue burdens on local businesses helps our neighbors keep their shopping baskets full. The industry is honored to have a legislator with his vision on our side.”

In the feature photo at top: Former State Rep. and current MGA board member Dean Simpson, Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) and Jamie Pfuhl, president of the Minnesota Grocers Association.


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