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Another great benefit of being a member of the CMR is having a full-time lobbyist working specifically for/on the interests of resorts and campgrounds. Join fellow resorters for an annual Day on the Hill event to meet legislators and get our issues heard. CMR also provides real-time updates all year long on.

CMR’s 2022 Virtual Day On the Hill March 8 and 9

Even though we can’t get on the bus . . . we need you on the Zoom!

This is an important opportunity for CMR members to connect with legislators on issues like tourism funding, property tax relief, post-Labor Day school start, broadband funding in rural areas, wakeboard regulations, boat operator licensing, etc.  The more members we have attending this event - the more impact we have on our issues.  AND - you can attend and MAKE A DIFFERENCE from the comfort of your own home!

REGISTER ON LINE HERE so we know how many to expect or recruit.  (Then you'll be sure to receive the Zoom invite.  Schedule of meetings here.)

Joel Carlson, Community of Minnesota Resorts lobbyist for MN

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In the last two decades, the CMR has made lasting impressions on legislators.  They've been known to hang onto our hats, sunglasses, bobber coolers, "Preserve-A-Resort" mason jars, fishing lures and other gimmicks we've given them over the years as token reminders of how vital resorts are in Minnesota's tourism industry.  We are remembered!

Our lobbyist, Joel Carlson, has very astutely represented us since 1997, and we feel most appreciative of his wisdom and mentorship through lawmaking waters.

What Resorts Have to Say

Pinecone Resort

Bonnie & Jeff Brand

I am so grateful for the CMR, our presence at the Capitol, and Joel Carlson as our lobbyist.

Our resort is located on Big Sand Lake in Park Rapids. There is only one public access, which means our own guests continually use it.  The DNR had made plans to renovate this sole public access, which forecast a closing of the access for 6-8 weeks in the middle of the summer. Our resort’s lakeshore does not have the capability to have a boat launch for pontoons or large boats. The closure of this public access would greatly affect our guests and our business. Once we heard about these plans, we talked with DNR about the impact on our business. No changes were indicated. Then we asked for help from our senators and representatives, which helped to get a constructive conversation going with the DNR. The final push came from our very own CMR lobbyist, Joel Carlson, who I contacted and asked for help. He connected with Bob Meier, who is the MN DNR Assistant Commissioner. Through these contacts, our voice was heard. The DNR has announced that they will do the project in different phases – keeping the access open in the summer – and only closing the ramp for short periods of time in the late fall and early spring 2022. We are so happy that the DNR came to a creative solution that is good for businesses and lake residents alike!

I have had the opportunity to go to the annual CMR event Day on the Hill. Our presence does make an impact. Little did I know then that our business would greatly benefit from these contacts. We encourage your participation in CMR Day on the Hill, you never know when you might need a helping hand!

Crow Wing Crest Lodge

Kim Bowen

“I became a member of the CMR for the educational aspects, really.  Legislative issues were NOT on my radar.  However, I began to take notice when we started getting a homestead tax credit on our property taxes.  (Prior to 2005, any resort designated as an L.L.C. was not eligible.) The CMR had chosen this as one of their key issues and got the bill passed.  Yeah!  

(bottom line for this particular year {2015}:  our resort is saving about $7,000 directly due to this credit.  Holy cow!  Enough to pay for several years of membership to CMR, right?)

I sincerely appreciate all the efforts the CMR has made on my resort’s behalf, and highly recommend ANY resort to join our organization, if only to support legislative efforts.”

Brookside Resort

Jamie Keller

“Our business is a seasonal one (14 weeks). Because of this – every, single week of our season is important to make sure we can keep our business healthy and thriving!

Families who know they don’t have to get back to school and routines until after Labor Day love to end their summer with some family time at the lake. Also, we lose many families each summer to the pull of school/activity schedules cutting into the summer months.

Post-Labor Day school start dates are imperative in helping us fill the last weeks of August (almost 1/7th of our entire season).“

As a CMR member, how can you support the legislative effort?

  • Just BE a member. Your annual dues support paying for our lobbyist and successful legislative program.
  • Attend Fall Conference and participate in the Silent Auction (either by donating and/or bidding on items). All funds go towards Day on the Hill events.
  • Attend Day on the Hill typically held in February or March.  During Covid, preventing physical meetings, we Zoom.  Soon, we hope to be back to an in-person event.  Typically, 20 – 50 of us attend this two-day event, which offers free bus transportation (voted "the most fun part of the trip!” by members) to the state capitol where we talk with legislators directly.  What's stopping you from joining us?

Contact resort colleagues who are on the current CMR Legislative Committee and suggest topics, ideas or comments on issues directly affecting your resort.  View contact information of your colleagues on CMR Board Legislative Committee here.