Border Wars: Taxes, Jobs, and the Economy in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Minnesota and Wisconsin are pursuing different strategies for economic growth and prosperity. What are the results in terms of balancing the state's budgets, job creation, business start-ups and retention, educational performance, and quality of life? Minnesota’s Commissioner of Revenue, Myron Frans, and Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Richard Chandler, will discuss the different approaches taken by each state in a moderated conversation with Professor Larry Jacobs.
Richard G. Chandler was appointed as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue by Governor Scott Walker in January 2011. His goals as Secretary are to: Implement good tax policy, with a particular emphasis on policies that will promote job growth; Deliver good customer service to individuals and businesses; Operate the department efficiently and effectively; and Maintain a positive work environment. Secretary Chandler has nearly two decades of experience in the executive and legislative branches of government. He previously served as the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Secretary from 2001 to 2003, and as Wisconsin’s State Budget Director from 1987 to 2001. In addition to his government service, he headed his own public policy and government relations consulting firm in Madison from 2003 to 2010, and practiced law in Milwaukee for five years in the 1980s. Secretary Chandler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Myron Frans has nearly three decades of tax law expertise as well as strong business and managerial experience. As Commissioner of Revenue, he supports Governor Dayton’s goal of a fair and equitable tax system. Prior to his appointment, Frans served as president of Leeds Precision Instruments, a manufacturing and distributing company in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Under his leadership, Leeds Forensic Systems, a subsidiary of Leeds Precision, earned the Governor’s International Trade Award in 2010 for success in building global markets. Frans has been a tax attorney in private practice for 27 years, most recently as a senior tax partner at the law firm of Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis. Before joining Faegre & Benson, he was a tax partner at Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennett, also in Minneapolis. Frans is a graduate of the University of Kansas Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University in Kansas.
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Center for the Study of Politics and Governance