Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate committees are finalizing their separate budget proposals this week — and the differences are stark.
The House Majority proposed investing over $97 million into building a resilient, multi-generational, multi-racial farm and food system, which is just about 1% of the state’s historic surplus.
The Senate Majority, however, proposed investing just $5 million into agriculture —.05% of the state’s historic surplus — so they can use the bulk of their budget for tax cuts that heavily favor the wealthy few. As this data-focused Minnesota Reformer article points out, “At the cost of funding our collective futures, [Senate] tax cuts will return paltry sums mostly to higher-income Minnesotans.”
Will you take just two minutes to urge your Senator and the Senate Majority Leader to not miss this opportunity to deliver for farmers, rural Minnesotans, and the working class?
With billions of dollars available, there is no excuse to not provide at-scale solutions to the biggest challenges we face. There are abundant resources available to expand local meat processing, to ensure farmers and landowners have the resources and technical support they need to build resiliency on the land, and to support our emerging farmers.
Now is the time to ask our state leaders: Are you going to serve corporate interests and the wealthy few? Or are you going to invest in our communities?