Understanding the State Budget

Date: Mar 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

State Office Building - 500N
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul

Fee: $35 for MCN members / $50 for nonmembers Register Now!

2017 is a legislative budget year and policy makers will be setting the state’s spending priorities for the next biennium which could impact nonprofit programs and community services. Learn about what the state’s latest economic forecast means for state tax and budget decisions, how state funding is raised and spent, and how you can be part of setting the state’s budget priorities. Participants will gain and understanding of the state’s current budget situation, key budget decision points, and practice how to read budget documents.

Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this workshop will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • Policy 1: Nonprofits should help their clients, members, volunteers and donors learn how relevant policies affect them, develop their skills and knowledge in public policy making, and help them take advantage of opportunities to participate in the public policy process.





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Directions: The State Office Building is located on the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd within the Capitol Complex in St Paul off of the I-94. Metered parking in one of the Capitol Complex parking lots. The closest lots are Ramp F or Lot AA.

Refreshments: Beverages and food are available in the Department of Transportation cafeteria.

Transit: The State Office Building is a short walk from the Capitol/Rice Street Station on Metro Transit’s Green Line.

About the Presenters

Clark BieglerClark Biegler is the Minnesota Budget Project’s policy analyst. She researches and writes about state tax and budget issues. Clark has worked at several Washington, D.C. think tanks, most recently the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. She holds a master of public policy degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of science degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Rinal RayRinal Ray is the deputy public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Rinal works with MCN’s public policy director to advance the organization’s policy agenda and train leaders on nonprofit advocacy. Prior to her role at MCN, Rinal served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation at William Mitchell College of Law. As former project coordinator for MCN, she also worked on the Charitable Tax Exemption Campaign and the Nonprofit Legal Handbook. Additionally, Rinal served on MCN’s board of directors in 2013 and as a co-chair of the Principles and Practices Advisory Committee. Rinal is a former AmeriCorps member with College Possible. She has a B.A. in international studies and political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

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