ACEC/MN Legislative Positions
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About ACEC/MN Legislative Advocacy
ACEC/MN promotes the business interests of the engineering industry to the Minnesota Legislature, Congress and state and federal agencies. The Committee seeks passage of legislation and policies that create a favorable business climate in which the engineering industry can help Minnesota grow and improve the quality of life for its citizens. ACEC/MN Legislative advocacy is focused on four principal public policy objectives: enhanced infrastructure funding to keep pace with Minnesota's growth and aspirations; outsourcing of engineering services to harness private sector innovation, expertise, and cost-effectiveness; procurement reform to make sure that engineering services are procured on the basis of quality and value; and elimination of regulatory and tax barriers to the business of engineering.
Engineering firms are significant assets to Minnesota's economy and quality of life.
ACEC/MN member firms generate over $350 million in yearly fees. Our members provide employment to over 4500 highly skilled professionals, which generate significant tax revenues to the state. In addition to local work, these firms provide services nationally and internationally, bringing significant income into the state. The value of the services our members provide is reflected in our quality of life by the roads we drive on, the water we drink and the buildings we work and live in.
Use of engineering firms benefits the state.
The use of engineering firms has proven to be an effective use of the taxpayer's dollars. The state can tap the expertise of a highly skilled pool of resources, without committing to long-term employment relationships. Benefits of using engineering firms:
- Provide expertise the state does not have.
- Remain highly competitive and provide a cost-effective solution to the state's needs.
- Provide quality services and must perform effectively to continue to do work with the state.
- Take advantage of the strong and varied base of experience these companies gain from having multiple clients.
- No long-term commitment to the engineering company.
- Generates jobs and taxes.
- Reduces delays in the delivery of projects.