With the start of the new year, many of us and our organizations are taking time to plan and prepare for the new challenges and opportunities that will come up in 2018. Here is a list of what we expect will happen, and why it is important for nonprofits to be engaged.
Together, we preserved healthcare access and successfully defending the Johnson Amendment, reaffirming our sector’s commitment to non partisanship. We also remain at the table for budget talks, positioning our sector has experts and partners.
In the coming year we will have even more opportunities to bring our voices to the table as policymakers continue to move forward on budget bills, immigration, and health care.
“We are incredibly disappointed that Congress decided to take our country in this direction in the face of widespread opposition to this bill from nonprofit leaders and community members,” said Rebecca Lucero, Public Policy Director. “Nonprofits will need to look beyond this moment, and continue our partnership with government and community as we center the work of building a better tomorrow.”
Minnesota’s nonprofit community, a sector that employs nearly 12 percent of Minnesota’s workforce and partners with millions, is aligned in its opposition to the harmful and unprecedented federal tax bill. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), representing over 2,000 nonprofits, is categorically opposed to this tax bill.
We urge members of Congress to carefully consider the priorities contained within the budget. Budget cuts hurt us all, threatening values and disrupting communities. Congress should pass a budget that makes strong investments in our communities and strengthens partnerships between nonprofits and government.
“We hope that after careful consideration and detailed study the House will say no to large tax cuts and benefits for the highest incomes and profitable business, at the expense of everyday Minnesotans and their families.” said Rebecca Lucero, Public Policy Director. “MCN opposes this bill as a whole because it fails to champion our values and missions. We will continue to work in partnership with government to cultivate strong, thriving, and joyful communities.”