Proposal Would Bring Gridlock and Gimmicks

St. Paul, Minn., August 18, 2011 - A proposed constitutional amendment would make it even more difficult to reach common-sense solutions to meet our state’s priorities. That warning today from the Minnesota Budget Project, responding to a renewed call for a constitutional amendment requiring a supermajority vote in both houses of the Legislature to raise taxes.

“A supermajority requirement would empower a small number of legislators to block critical legislation, leading to more gridlock and gimmicks,” said Minnesota Budget Project Director Nan Madden. “The result would be more reliance on tuition and fees, short-term cost-shifting, and more pressure on local property taxes. Support for education, strong communities, and other economic building blocks would suffer.”

According to Madden, “Minnesotans want policies that build our economy, not gridlock and gimmicks. The amendment would make it more difficult to arrive at common-sense solutions that strengthen our economy and help struggling families.”

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The Minnesota Budget Project, an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, provides independent research, analysis and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income Minnesotans.

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