Legislature asks for your opinion about budget solutions at forums around the state

The Minnesota House and Senate have announced a tour of the state between February 19th and 26th to get input from citizens on Governor Pawlenty’s proposed budget. In meetings in 24 communities around the state, legislators will hear from the public about their ideas for addressing the state’s budget deficit. Note: Those who sign up in advance will have first priority to speak – you can sign up by following the link above.

We’ve been talking all session about why we think new revenues, raised fairly, should be part of the solution. Revenues are the only way to reduce the amount of damage done to our economy by the cutting state spending. Why is it important for members of the public to communicate the message of fair revenue to our legislators? We’re in an economic crisis and we must act. Services, structures and programs that benefit people are even more important during a crisis. That’s why we must act to invest in a better future for all Minnesotans.

The Invest in Minnesota Campaign, which includes the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minnesota Budget Project, has prepared some resources below to help you communicate this message to legislators.

It’s important that interested citizens participate in these community forums. But if you just can’t be there, remember that the House and Senate also have online means to make your voice heard.

-Nan Madden

About Nan Madden

Nan Madden is director of the Minnesota Budget Project.
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2 Responses to Legislature asks for your opinion about budget solutions at forums around the state

  1. Virginia says:

    Cutting taxes is never going to create jobs. All we know about economics and have learned and experienced over the last 75 years, and what current conditions–in Minnesota and nationally–tell us is that only way to repair the economy is through imposing higher taxes and putting the funds in places that will create jobs. Such as fixing bridges and building roads and sewer systems and building schools and hiring teacher and adequately funding education from pre-school to higher education. Minnesota’s former prosperity–the “Minnesota Miracle”–was demonstrably a direct result of ensuring that we had well educated citizens who could jobs that required skills–including mathematic and scientific and technical skills.
    All we have to do is look at Minnesota of the fairly recent past when almost all citizens understood that we must pay for things like good schools and bridges that don’t fall down and compare it with the present, when ideologues hew to their destructive and arid “no new taxes” theology. All we have to do is look at other states where taxes are low; take a lot at some of the southern states–Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama. Low taxes and very little funding of the things that bring about prosperity results in the poorest people in the country.
    If you have evidence otherwise, I’d like to see it.

  2. fishingmn says:

    Every dollar the government spends is a dollar not available to the private sector. Therefore, the more the government spends the less there is for private employers to hire people leading to more unemployment.

    Our only responsible answer is to reduce the size of government.

    And why does every talking point about how the “rich” pay less as a percentage of taxes conveniently forget federal taxes? If you factor in federal taxes/AMT AND all of the offsets that low income people get in the way of credits (EIC…) the gap isn’t nearly as big – the system would likely show a large amount of progressivity.

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