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SF 2608

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 03:28pm

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; creating the Lake Mille Lacs area economic
restoration program; appropriating money for grants to businesses adversely
affected by a decline in walleye fishing.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginLAKE MILLE LACS AREA ECONOMIC RESTORATION PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Restoration program established. new text end

new text begin Mille Lacs County must develop and
implement a Lake Mille Lacs area economic restoration program to assist businesses
adversely affected by a decline in walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Available assistance. new text end

new text begin (a) The economic restoration program established under
this section may include grants as provided in this section to the extent that funds are
available. Prior to awarding a grant to Mille Lacs County for the assistance program under
this section:
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new text begin (1) the county must develop criteria, procedures, and requirements for:
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new text begin (i) determining eligibility for assistance;
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new text begin (ii) evaluating applications for assistance;
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new text begin (iii) awarding assistance; and
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new text begin (iv) administering the grant program authorized under this section;
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new text begin (2) the county must submit its criteria, procedures, and requirements developed pursuant
to clause (1) to the commissioner of employment and economic development for review;
and
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new text begin (3) the commissioner must approve the criteria, procedures, and requirements developed
pursuant to clause (1) to be used by the county in determining eligibility for assistance,
evaluating, awarding, and administering the grant program.
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new text begin (b) The assistance authorized under this section includes grants not to exceed $100,000
per business. The program criteria adopted by the county for grants under this subdivision
must:
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new text begin (1) give preference to applications from businesses with the largest documented losses;
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new text begin (2) specify that a business receiving a grant must remain in the local community a
minimum of ten years after the date of the grant; and
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new text begin (3) require that applicants submit a business plan for continued operation over the ten
years following request of a grant. The plan must document the probable success of the
business plan.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Qualification requirements. new text end

new text begin To qualify for assistance under this section, a
business must:
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new text begin (1) be located within one of the following municipalities surrounding Lake Mille Lacs:
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new text begin (i) in Crow Wing County, the city of Garrison, township of Garrison, or township of
Roosevelt;
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new text begin (ii) in Aitkin County, the township of Hazelton, township of Wealthwood, township of
Malmo, or township of Lakeside; or
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new text begin (iii) in Mille Lacs County, the city of Isle, city of Wahkon, city of Onamia, township of
East Side, township of Isle Harbor, township of South Harbor, or township of Kathio;
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new text begin (2) document a reduction of at least ten percent in gross receipts in any two-year period
since 2010; and
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new text begin (3) be a business in one of the following industries, as defined within the North American
Industry Classification System: accommodation, restaurants, bars, amusement and recreation,
food and beverages retail, sporting goods, miscellaneous retail, general retail, museums,
historical sites, health and personal care, gas station, general merchandise, business and
professional membership, movies, or nonstore retailer, as determined by Mille Lacs County
in consultation with the commissioner of employment and economic development.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Monitoring. new text end

new text begin (a) Mille Lacs County must establish performance measures that
include, but are not limited to, the following components:
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new text begin (1) the number of grants awarded, award amounts, and the reasons that a grant award
was made;
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new text begin (2) the number of jobs created or retained as a result of the grant, including information
on wages and benefit levels, the status of the jobs as full time or part time, and the status
of the jobs as temporary or permanent;
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new text begin (3) the amount of business activity and changes in gross revenues of the grant recipient
as a result of the assistance; and
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new text begin (4) the new tax revenue generated as a result of the grant.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner of employment and economic development must monitor Mille
Lacs County's compliance with this section and the performance measures developed under
paragraph (a).
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new text begin (c) Mille Lacs County must comply with all requests made by the commissioner under
this section.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Business subsidy requirements. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes, sections 116J.993 to
116J.995, do not apply to assistance under this section. Businesses in receipt of assistance
under this section must provide for job creation and retention goals and wage and benefit
goals.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Administrative costs. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of employment and economic
development may use up to one percent of the appropriation made for this section for
administrative expenses.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Subdivisions 1 to 3, 5, and 6 are effective July 1, 2019, and expire
June 30, 2022. Subdivision 4 is effective July 1, 2019, and expires on June 30, 2032.
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Sec. 2. new text beginLAKE MILLE LACS AREA ECONOMIC RESTORATION PROGRAM;
APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
employment and economic development for a grant to Mille Lacs County to develop and
operate the Lake Mille Lacs area economic restoration program established in section 1.
This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.
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