20 Ways Minnesota's Future is at Stake Shown in 20 Days

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Invest in Minnesota launches campaign showing what is at stake with cuts-only approach

St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 25, 2011 - To raise awareness about the crucial choices Minnesota’s legislators face during the remainder of this session, Invest in Minnesota is launching a “20 Ways in 20 Days” campaign. Throughout the last 20 days of the legislative session, Invest in Minnesota will release a series of 20 testimonials, each detailing an important way a cuts-only approach to meeting our state’s needs will impact Minnesotans.

Today’s testimonial highlights a personal story describing the impact potential budget cuts will have on people relying on domestic violence services. The Minnesota House proposes a 17.5 percent cut to Office of Justice Programs that would result in drastic cuts to domestic violence services statewide and put the safety of families escaping domestic violence at risk. The testimonial is available at www.investinmn.org/docs/1stway.pdf. Check www.investinmn.org/case.html every day for a new story.

The first of the “20 Ways in 20 Days” speaks to the shared concern among the more than 50 endorsing members of the Invest in Minnesota Coalition about the impact of the legislature’s cuts-only approach. Invest in Minnesota members are united to support a better solution — a balanced approach that includes fairly raised revenue.

For more information about Invest in Minnesota, contact Leah Gardner at 651-757-3063 or visit www.investinmn.org.

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The Invest in Minnesota Coalition unites Minnesota’s faith community, labor and nonprofit organizations around the following core principles: (1) Revenue-raising must be a significant part of the solution to resolving the state’s budget deficit and (2) the overall package of revenue-raising must make the tax system fairer.

Endorsing organizations include:
A Minnesota Without Poverty, Affirmative Options Coalition, AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME Council 5 Retirees Political Club, AFSCME Council 65, AFSCME Council 868, Alliance of Low-Wealth Minnesotans, ARC of Minnesota, Child Care Works, Churches United in Ministry, Clare Housing, Elim Transitional Housing, Inc., Growth & Justice, HOME Line, Hunger Solutions, Integrated Community Solutions, Inc., Jewish Community Action, Just Faith of North Branch, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, Kids at Risk Action, Legal Services Advocacy Project, League of Women Voters Minnesota, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Mid Minnesota Women’s Center, Minnesota Association of Professional Employers (MAPE), Minnesota AFL-CIO, Minnesota State AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Minnesota Budget Project, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota Citizens for Tax Justice, Minnesota Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Housing Partnership, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Minnesota Recovery Connection, Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA), Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association, Packard Group, Progressive Action Alliance of Washington County, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Ramsey County, RESOURCE, St. Mary's Health Clinics, St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, SEIU, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, Take Action Minnesota, Teamsters Joint Council 32, Transit for Livable Communities, TSE, Inc., Unite Here Local 21, YWCA of Minneapolis

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