Kendall Qualls Issues an Open Statement to Businesses Considering Leaving Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – On Friday, Montana’s Governor issued a letter to Minnesota’s business owners about relocating, citing the high tax burden and St. Paul’s inability to manage the unemployment insurance debt. The business climate continues to decline as many businesses have either already opted to leave the state or are considering leaving due to the rise in crime, loss in revenues, and high taxes. Today, former businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Kendall Qualls issued an open statement asking businesses considering leaving Minnesota for lower tax states to wait until he’s elected governor.
“Our state’s economy depends on businesses choosing to grow their operations and recruit young talent to the state or we risk losing work to states that do prioritize the needs of businesses. Without this new investment, Minnesota’s economy will continue to become stagnant and the demand for individuals from specific industry sectors will move elsewhere. Coupled with my business experience and leadership skills, when I’m governor we’re going to create a business environment so favorable that businesses will be knocking down the door to see what Minnesota has to offer.
To business leaders who have already left, I realize the financial cost to return may be a hurdle, but the door is always open for you to return home. My open plea to businesses contemplating relocation is to please reconsider. The norms that were perpetuated under Democratic leadership will be a thing of the past. Violent crime will no longer go unanswered, I will reform our individual and business taxes so they are more competitive with states in the region, and businesses can once again thrive in Minnesota.”