Smoking ban's effect on Minnesota hospitality industry continuesFind the current list of 258+ closings here:
Hospitality businesses throughout the state employ(ed) more than 127,000 people and pay(ed) $3.3 billion in wages each year making our industry Minnesota's second-largest employer. Annual sales for the industry exceed(ed) $8.3 billion and generate nearly $1 billion in tax receipts (pre-2005).
Update: Since the smoking bans were enacted in 2005, however, the Minnesota hospitality industry data above has changed significantly. MN Democratic (DFL) lawmakers were 3 - 4 times more likely to vote for anti-business initiatives like smoking bans (roll call vote link) than their Republican counterparts.
If you're concerned about the anti-business policies of Minnesota's city council members, mayors, county commissioners, and state legislators; remember November elections are around the corner, your vote against the Democratic candidate in any and all positions is a vote to keep Minnesota in business, jobs intact, and taxes lower.
Vote free market this November vote Republican.