St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Chamber helped kick off the legislative session tonight with a sold out dinner event in St. Paul.
More than 1,600 city, state and business leaders heard where Minnesota's top lawmakers stand on issues important to the Chamber at the RiverCentre.
The Chamber's Legislative Priorities include tax relief, improving the education system, and increasing the state's minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt weighed in on taxes.
"I am not adverse to cutting taxes and I can tell you it's really a matter of principle," said Sen. Bakk.
"We've collected too much. Democrats passed a budget that collected too much money from Minnesotans and I think we owe it to Minnesotans to give them that money back," said Rep. Daudt.
Some of the Northland businesses in attendance included Minnesota Power, LHB Inc, Westmoreland Flint and the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota.