Day Before Possible Shutdown, Minnesotans to Call on Legislators to Take a Balanced Approach

St. Paul, Minn., June 29, 2011 - On the day before a potential state government shutdown, Minnesotans from the faith, labor and nonprofit communities will join together in urging lawmakers to take a balanced approach to a budget compromise that includes fairly raised revenue. Minnesotans from throughout the state will gather on the State Capitol steps Thursday morning to demonstrate support for “Fair Revenue Now!” People impacted by an all-cuts budget will speak to the crowd, who will also deliver messages directly to legislative leaders’ offices.

 

WHO: Members of the Invest in Minnesota Coalition

WHAT: “Fair Revenue Now!” calling on lawmakers to solve the state’s revenue shortfall.

WHERE: South State Capitol Steps

WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 10:30 AM

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The Invest in Minnesota Coalition unites Minnesota’s faith, 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, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Bluff Country Family Resources, Child Care Works, Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota, Churches United in Ministry, Clare Housing, Community Action Duluth, Elim Transitional Housing, Inc., Emerge Community Development, Growth & Justice, HOME Line, Hunger Solutions, Integrated Community Solutions, Inc., Jewish Community Action, JOBS NOW Coalition, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, Just Faith of North Branch, Kids at Risk Action, League of Women Voters Minnesota, Legal Services Advocacy Project, 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 AIDS Project, Minnesota Budget Project, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Minnesota Citizens for Tax Justice, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Government Engineering Council, Minnesota Housing Partnership, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Minnesota Recovery Connection, Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA), Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association, Onesie Project, Packard Group, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Progressive Action Alliance of Washington County, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), RESOURCE, St. Mary's Health Clinics, St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, SEIU, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, TakeAction Minnesota, Teamsters Joint Council 32, Transit for Livable Communities, TSE, Inc., Unite Here Local 21, Wealth for the Common Good, YWCA of Minneapolis.