Policy News and Announcements

December

  • 2014 Policy Agenda

    December 3, 2013 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits informs, promotes, connects and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. MCN’s public policy agenda is designed to support and advance the role of the nonprofit sector, encourage civic participation and advance budget decisions which provide the resources necessary to support diverse community needs and assist those with the fewest resources. more...

 

May

 

April

  • New Language Exempts All Charitable Properties from Proposed Fees

    April 17, 2013 - The Minnesota House Taxes committee released its omnibus tax bill this week. MCN was pleased to see that the amendment excluding charities from proposed street improvement districts was not only included, but expanded. more...

  • Authors Amend Bill that Allows Fees on Nonprofit Properties

    April 12, 2013 - Thanks in part to the calls many of you made, there's good news: the authors in both legislative bodies have offered amendments that would exempt 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations as defined in subdivision 7 of the statute that was updated in 2009. more...

  • A Look at Federal Sequestration Impacts on Nonprofit Services

    April 11, 2013 - Last month, MCN asked nonprofits to share how 'sequestration', a process of automatic cuts to a broad range of federal departments, is affecting them. MCN is concerned about how reductions will be carried out and the ways they will affect nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. In general, we heard three common experiences from those who responded: more...

 

March

 

February

  • Sales Tax Proposals and the Impact on Nonprofits

    February 26, 2013 - House File 677 and Senate File 552 have recently been introduced reflecting Governor Dayton’s tax reform proposals. The Governor’s plan is designed to solve Minnesota’s budget deficit, raise increased revenues for the state’s priorities and reduce regressivity in Minnesota’s tax system. Within the proposal is the implementation of a new sales tax on services that would affect both the services that nonprofits purchase and the services that nonprofits provide to the community. more...

  • Addressing the Rise of Municipal Fees and Assessments

    February 14, 2013 - MCN is encouraging state lawmakers to examine this issue to find ways to both protect charitable property tax exemptions from backdoor taxes, and to provide adequate resources to pay for needed community services and basic functions of government. more...

  • D.C. Update: Federal Sequestration Cuts Would Burden Nonprofits

    February 14, 2013 - Unless Congress acts before March 1, spending cuts will automatically eliminate about nine percent from almost every program funded by the federal government, taking billions away from states, localities, and charitable nonprofits providing services in local communities across the country and increasing demand on the work of nonprofits. more...

 

January

 

November

 

October

  • Tax Reform Matters

    October 9, 2012 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits recognizes the critical importance of tax policy on both nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. Recently MCN staff and nonprofit leaders met with Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans to advocate for tax reform principles and positions which will strengthen the sector and those it serves. more...

 

July

 

February

  • Concerns Raised Over Potential Election Day Registration Elimination

    February 14, 2012 - Today, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and the League of Women Voters Minnesota, two organizations that have long worked toward promoting sensible, non-partisan improvements to Minnesota’s election system raise concerns about the potential for Election Day Registration to be eliminated through two proposed conditions on voting: photo identification and “identical eligibility verification standards.” more...

 

November

  • A Video Message to Members: Looking Ahead to Election Day 2012

    November 8, 2011 - Today, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits released a video message to its members (below), explaining MCN's position on three constitutional amendment issues that will, or are likely to, appear on the 2012 Election Day ballot, and how nonprofits can help educate the public about constitutional amendment proposals that touch their missions. more...

 

September

  • For Beginners and Experts: Trainings for the Nonprofit Advocate

    September 14, 2011 - Through a new training series, MCN is helping more nonprofits get involved in advocating for their issues and growing the skills of those already doing this work. more...

  • Poverty Rises in Minnesota

    September 13, 2011 - The Minnesota Budget Project reported on preliminary U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday that show poverty in Minnesota increased substantially during 2009-10. more...

  • Court Calls on Community Leaders for Redistricting Testimony

    September 12, 2011 - Minnesota’s special redistricting panel is looking for community members, such as nonprofit leaders, to help identify geographic communities across the state that should not be divided during the redistricting process. more...

  • Updates for State of Minnesota Grantees

    September 7, 2011 - Recently the Office of Grants Management (OGM) fielded questions regarding the status of state grant contracts and grant payments. OGM recently provided grantees with background on various factors that are affecting the processing of some grants and grant payments. more...

 

August

 

July

  • Budget Now Law - What is in it?

    July 20, 2011 - MCN's Minnesota Budget Project offers details and analysis of the new state budget on its blog, Minnesota Budget Bites, more...

  • Agreement on State Budget Announced

    July 14, 2011 - Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders late Thursday announced they have reached a "framework agreement" on the state budget, decisions that will shape the future our state, economic recovery, and quality of life. more...

 

June

 

May

 

April

  • Conference Committees Next Stop for Omnibus Budget Bills

    April 6, 2011 - The Minnesota House and Senate have continued work on their respective omnibus budget bills this week. Several bills are still awaiting action in the House or Senate. After each chamber has passed their versions of the omnibus bills, conference committees will set to work reconciling differences before a final vote is taken and bills are sent to the Governor. more...

 

March

  • MCN and MCF Launch Coffee with Commissioner Series

    March 24, 2011 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council on Foundations, with support from the Minneapolis Foundation, is pleased to offer a highly interactive and informative series, “Coffee with Commissioners.” Each month we’ll highlight a different state agency that interacts with nonprofits and the philanthropic community in Minnesota. more...

  • Legislative Finance Bills Approaching March 25 Deadline to Clear Committees

    March 16, 2011 - House and Senate budget committees have until a deadline of next Friday, March 25 to finish omnibus finance bills. Last week, the House and Senate released their 'targets' for spending, or the amount each committee must cut or increase within their budget area. Both the House and Senate made targets that cut spending in all areas. House and Senate tax committees are also moving to complete their bills, which are not expected to include any revenue increases. more...

  • Take a Closer Look at Governor Dayton's Revised Budget

    March 16, 2011 - After the February Forecast showed the deficit had shrunk to $5.0 billion, Governor Dayton released his revised budget. What changes were made from his initial proposals? The Minnesota Budget Bites blog writes, "Governor Dayton's preliminary list of changes takes advantage of the $1.2 billion improvement in the state’s budget situation to reduce tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans and restore cuts to services for some of the most vulnerable." more...

  • Charitable Registration Conformity Bill Introduced

    March 16, 2011 - While budget considerations certainly dominate debate at the Capitol this session, MCN is pleased to report progress on a bill (HF786/SF615) initiated to streamline reporting requirements between state and federal regulating agencies. more...

  • Join the Campaign to "Speak Up" for Your Community

    March 9, 2011 - Minnesota faces a budget deficit that is dire, urgent and serious for our state’s nonprofit organizations and communities. Nonprofit organizations have critical information about their communities that can help legislators make informed decisions. more...

 

February

 
 
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