Public Policy and Advocacy
We are actively engaged in promoting preservation as a matter of sound public policy, at all levels of government. We work with local elected officials to support the work of citizen groups and Heritage Preservation Commissions, at the Minnesota Legislature to promote statewide policies and incentives for preservation, and at the Federal level, in support of the extensive system for preservation administered through the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Here are a number of current public policy issues of which you should be aware. Be a preservation advocate by contacting your elected officials! They want to hear from you and to learn about the places and issues that matter to you and your community.
(Not sure who represents you? You can look it up here!)
Minnesota Historic Tax Credit
The Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MN Statute 290.0681), passed into law in 2010, has been a successful economic development tool for revitalizing distressed, vacant, and underutilized historic properties throughout the state. The credit provides a refundable income tax credit equal to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses made to buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places and used for income-producing purposes (including office, industrial, retail, hospitality, and rental residential).
Economic Impact of Projects Leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Tax Credit
Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits
Preservation in the Bonding Bill
PAM supports legislative appropriations that address the rehabilitation, repair, and maintenance of both state-owned and local properties of historic and cultural significance. Together with our partners at the League of Minnesota Cities, the Building Jobs Coalition, and AIA-MN, we support a robust, annual bonding bill that recognizes the full capacity for capital investment potential and need. PAM advocates in support of heritage assets that are important to a large number of Minnesotans, and opposes the use of state funds for the intended destruction (through demolition or deconstruction) of buildings and structures that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Preservation-focused Candidate Survey