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MGA Presents Sen. Nelson With ‘Legislator Of The Year’ Award

From left to right: Dan Wolter, Hy-Vee; Mark Lawrence, Hy-Vee; Carla Nelson; Jamie Pfuhl, President, Minnesota Grocers Association; and Chad Hartogh, Hy-Vee.

The Minnesota Grocers Association has presented its 2022 MGA Legislator of the Year award to Sen. Carla Nelson.

Each year, the association acknowledges a lawmaker who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the food industry of Minnesota. Nelson was recognized for her work in the last biennium as the chair of the Senate taxes committee.

“Sen. Nelson has long been a champion of sensible policies that encourage economic activity and competitiveness for Minnesota businesses. As chair of the tax committee, she has shown remarkable leadership in delivering tax relief and has worked collaboratively to provide support for an industry that is facing worker shortages, supply chain challenges and the ever-increasing cost of doing business,” said Jamie Pfuhl, president of the MGA. “The industry is honored to recognize Sen. Nelson for her support of main street Minnesota.”

Nelson championed numerous provisions that helped to foster a more competitive tax climate and provide tax relief for the industry – from farm to fork. The raising of the market value exclusion from $100,000 to $150,000 aids thousands of businesses across Minnesota.

Her efforts to ensure Minnesota’s tax law conformity for the Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans and Section 179 were crucial for industry. Elimination of the June accelerated tax payment was a multi-year effort that Nelson was able to get across the finish line. Her leadership on tax relief will allow main street Minnesota to flourish – creating jobs and supporting local communities.

“Minnesota is fortunate to have a unique culture of multi-generational and locally-owned hometown grocers and convenience stores who are cornerstones of their communities,” Nelson said. “I am proud to have supported policies in St. Paul that foster growth – not hamper it. To those who work in the food industry and keep our store shelves stocked, I say thank you. I am honored to receive this award from the MGA.”

The Minnesota Grocers Association is the only state trade association that represents the food industry of Minnesota. It is one of the oldest trade associations in the state, celebrating 125 years of advancing industry with more than 300 retail, manufacture and wholesale members supporting nearly 1,300 locations statewide. Its member companies employ more than 150,000 union and non-union Minnesotans. 

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