Governor Protects Polaris and Arctic Cat
I want to thank Governor Dayton for vetoing a bill that would have directly hurt employers in our area. Polaris and Arctic Cat have put a great deal of investment into a new line of smaller side-by-side all-terrain vehicles (“Razors”) for the purpose of riding on Class 1 trails. The popularity of these machines is growing and restricting their use would have been a financial blow to Arctic Cat and Polaris.
A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) convened stakeholder group, including the manufacturers and all-terrain groups, agreed to the language in the Senate version of the bill. However, the language was changed in conference committee, which resulted in the stakeholder group opposing the bill. The legislation contained a new definition of all-terrain vehicles that both Polaris and Arctic Cat openly opposed. The definition created two classes of all-terrain vehicles that would have restricted access to the larger, heavier side-by-side vehicles.
By vetoing the legislation, the governor has encouraged our Minnesota companies to grow and prevented the undercutting of their innovations. Polaris and Arctic Cat employ over 4,000 people and generate more than $2 billion for the state’s economy, something that should be remembered the next time a similar bill is sent to the governor’s desk.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact my office. I can be reached by phone (651-296-8660) or e-mail (email@example.com).