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December 12, 2017
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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. Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota is among the organizations calling on Congress to reject the bill, citing consequences for children and families. The bill awaiting passage in Congress gives the largest benefits to profitable corporations and the wealthiest at the expense of most Americans. The tax cuts add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, and to pay for it, policymakers have clear plans to come back and deeply cut health care and other critical services.The harm will be dramatic, particularly to children, retirees, people with disabilities, workers, and families.
With trillions of dollars over the next decade at risk and impacts spanning all sectors, the tax bill under consideration and the budget resolution passed earlier this fall have vast negative consequences that will affect millions of Minnesotans well into the future. Advocates agree this tax bill does not represent the values of Minnesotans, and urge Congressional representatives to reject it.
Bharti Wahi, executive director of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says, "as leaders of one of the wealthiest nations in the world, our members of Congress and President Trump have the power to change the odds for the 13.2 million children across America who are growing up in poverty, a disproportionate number of whom are children of color and American Indian children, and the millions more who may still struggle to access food, shelter, and equal education opportunities that more privileged youth enjoy. Instead, they plan to take from the basic survival programs that these children depend on in order to help our country’s rich get richer. This bill reinforces barriers that divide those that have from those that have not."
Wahi added that even the Child Tax Credit expansion touted by supporters of the bill is skewed to the wealthy, giving a token increase to low-wage families and leaving out others entirely, while making households earning six figures newly eligible. "Low and mid-income families will ultimately pay for the exploding deficit generated by the unjustified give-aways in this bill, whether it's through higher taxes or cuts to programs they may depend on like nutrition assistance and Medicaid. We call on Congress to reject the misguided vision manifested in this tax bill; it is harmful to children, families, and our collective future prosperity."
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.