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.
- Invest in Minnesota Campaign Principles
- Invest in Minnesota Suggested Messages and Talking Points
- The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, as part of its work with the Invest in Minnesota campaign, has published a business card-sized summary of the 2007 Tax Incidence Report, distilling mountains of information into one graph and one table that show how Minnesota’s state and local tax system disproportionately impacts low-income persons.