December 12, 2017 07:07 PM
A wide range of Minnesota nonprofits concerned about the impact of the tax bill currently being negotiated between the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives banded together to stage a media and social media blitz Tuesday.
About 30 nonprofits all sent out press releases stating each's opposition to the bill being worked out by the Republican Congress. And many more took part in a Twitter thunderclap by sending out tweets at the same time.
Lawmakers are currently working out the differences between tax bills passed by the Senate and House before voting on a final version that could be sent to President Donald Trump to be signed.
Among the concerns expressed about the House and Senate bills by nonprofits are the potential impact on the deficit and possible cuts to health care and other services that could be used to pay for it.
What are your thoughts on the tax reform legislation currently being considered by Congress? You can send an email or video clip to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Congressman Jason Lewis and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Also, the House version rolls back the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates for office and may help shield nonprofits from potential pressure from donors, politicians and others.
And increases to the standard deduction could eliminate taxpayers choosing to itemize donations to nonprofits, which those groups feel could harm donations.
"The tax bill is really a perfect storm when it comes to harming nonprofits," said Rececca Lucero, public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which coordinated Tuesday's efforts.
Tuesday's press releases came from groups with a broad range of focuses. It comes after a letter sent to members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and others from around 200 of the state's nonprofits in November.
"It just speaks to the unity of nonprofits in opposition to this bill," Lucero said.
Yet not everyone in nonprofit work agrees with the opposition. Annette Meeks with the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota said the new tax bill will benefit so many Minnesotans.
She told KSTP that a single parent with two kids would see a roughly a 20 percent tax decrease, and a family with two kids could see upward of 20 to 30 percent tax decreases. She also said tax overhaul has been a long, overdue process, and she's glad Congress is finally tackling it.
Marissa Cusumano and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: December 12, 2017 07:07 PM
Created: December 12, 2017 04:15 PM
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