To Fight Poverty, Fight Budget Battles
St. Paul, Minnesota - September 24, 2013 - Minnesota Budget Project Director Nan Madden co-authored a commentary for the national Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a non-partisan initiative that works to find solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.
To Fight Poverty, Fight Budget Battles uses Minnesota and Kansas as examples of states with widely different circumstances that won policy victories in the last year that will improve the lives of thousands of low-income families.
In Minnesota, the Legislature and Governor agreed to a tax reform plan that raised revenues and made the state tax system fairer. The commentary highlights the work of the Minnesota Budget Project and the Invest in Minnesota coalition to pass a budget that invests in critical services and reforms the state tax system.
Kansas Center for Economic Growth Executive Director Annie McKay explained how a coalition that included her organization prevented major cuts to the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, a critical support for more than 200,000 working-poor families.
Madden and McKay say the lesson from their experiences is that fighting poverty means getting involved in state budget debates to make sure there's adequate revenue to fund anti-poverty initiatives.