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Government Relations

The MPMA's Government Relations Committee is responsible for:
  • Monitoring legislative activities that impact members
  • Notifying members through legislative updates in the e-newsletter and via email

Members of this committee are involved with the Manufacturing Coalition, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the National Tooling and Machining Association/Precision Metalforming Association (NTMA/PMA) “One Voice” initiative, and other grassroots lobbying opportunities.

MPMA members are encouraged to get involved in issue that are important to their businesses and the manufacturing industry as a whole.


Get Involved in Legislative Advocacy

MPMA members are invited to get involved in the legislative issues that are important to their businesses and Minnesota’s manufacturing industry by donating to the newly-formed Legislative Advocacy Fund.

The fund has been created to continue the momentum that MPMA experienced during the 2017 Legislative Session whereby we spearheaded a bill that created the Youth Skills Training Program. The program will:

  • Allow high school “student learners” under 18 to do work-based internships and apprenticeships on the shop floor.
  • Provide schools with the support needed to help work-based internship and apprenticeship programs succeed in their communities.
  • Promote employer participation in equipping students with the skills and competencies needed for success in careers in the manufacturing industry.

The MPMA is continuing this work by collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to begin implementing Youth Skills Training Program. Donations to the Legislative Advocacy Fund will be targeted for this effort, as well as to ongoing legislative initiatives of the MPMA, which includes property tax reform, R & D credits, transportation, labor and management, and workforce programs.

For more information: Amy Walstien, Executive Director, Amy@mpma.com or 952-564-3041.


How to Reach Your Elected Representatives

  • Find out who represents you and/or your company. Type your home or business address here. Visit your representatives’ web page to view their phone and email address to contact them directly and sign up for their email updates.
  • Ask your legislator when he or she plans to hold a Town Hall meeting near you. Plan to attend to meet him or her in person.
  • Subscribe to and respond to action alerts from the Minnesota Chamber, MPMA, One Voice (collaborative effort of NTMA and PMA), and other advocacy groups working on your behalf.
  • Do your homework; view voting records for members of the Minnesota Legislature here and members of Congress here.
  • Reach out to your legislators directly by phone or email to inform them how a certain piece of legislation would help or hurt your business.
  • Write a letter to the editor supporting or opposing a particular issue and share it with your legislators.
  • Offer to host one or more of your legislators on a tour of your shop.

> Click here for the printed handout.