Faith Leaders Call for Equality in MN Budget
Religious leaders from a variety of faiths across Minnesota are rallying for equality in the state budget.
They say lawmakers should support a taxation and spending plan that puts families first.
A group of clergy members will spend the next 40 days at the capitol to raise awareness for building a just budget, that puts people at the center.
During this session when Minnesota legislators are allocating out the state's funding, Minnesota faith leaders are advocating for the less fortunate and children.
Pastors and faith leaders showed up at the capitol today with a letter they'll be giving to Governor Dayton. They're asking the governor and the legislature to considered the budget as a moral document that invests in the common good for all Minnesotans; including access to health care, good transportation, and quality education for all students.
"The people who I represent don't have a voice. They don't have trade associations to advance their interests, what they have is me, and people like me, and the others here today. Hundreds of others who hear this cry and bring them to the attention of our legislature," said Pastor Stephen Cook, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
The clergy members didn't get into specifics about Governor Dayton's current tax increase proposals. But they made it clear they do not think faith-based communities and churches should be the only ones lending a helping hand to those in poverty. That getting Minnesotans out of poverty should be a public issue.