MCN's 2024 Policy Agenda

MCN's supports nonprofits through public policy advocacy. Our 2024 Public Policy Agenda outlines some of this year's advocacy priorities, including increasing and improving nonprofits' access to government funding, in part by promoting reforms to the state's granting policies and procedures. We look forward to partnering with nonprofits across the state to move our collective priorities forward.

We also engage in public policy through the Minnesota Budget Project, a nonpartisan research and advocacy initiative of MCN that promotes policy solutions — particularly in the areas of tax, budget, and the economy — so that all Minnesotans have access to opportunity and economic well-being.

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Agenda Definitions:

  • Lead: MCN or Minnesota Budget Project is playing a leading role in advocacy for this proposal, and is allocating significant resources toward this policy campaign.

  • Support: MCN or Minnesota Budget Project is an active participant in the issue campaign to advance this policy, and is allocating analysis, advocacy, communications, and/or engagement capacity.

  • Monitor: MCN or Minnesota Budget Project is watching this issue and may weigh in with limited capacity.

2024 MCN Public Policy Agenda

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Uphold and Advance the Role of the Nonprofit Sector

  • Lead: Promote inclusion of capital investment projects at community-based nonprofits led by and serving communities of color around the state in the state’s infrastructure bill.

  • Lead: Promote policies that support state government in its grantmaking roles in order to advance equity, streamline systems, and improve access to state funding for nonprofits.

  • Lead: Promote policies that support state government in its grantmaking roles in order to advance equity, streamline systems, and improve access to state funding for nonprofits.

  • Lead: Ensure nonprofit employers have access to the same supports as other “small businesses” under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program taking effect in 2026.

  • Support: Employment policies that create a competitive and sustainable workforce.

  • Support: Tax incentives for charitable contributions that treat donors and types of giving equitably.

  • Support: Simplify the process for nonprofits to access sales tax exemption for construction materials, allowing more funds to be spent on the nonprofits’ capital projects.

  • Monitor: Tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations.

  • Monitor: Respond to proposals that would change oversight or regulations of charitable assets in Minnesota.

  • Monitor: Ensure that charitable assets held by nonprofit HMOs continue to benefit the public.

Advance Budget, Tax, and Economic Policies that Create a More Equitable Minnesota

  • Lead: Create a family-centered process for Minnesotans to receive a portion of their Minnesota Child Tax Credits sooner through advance payments.

  • Support: Expand access to free tax preparation services, and support other policies that improve Minnesotans’ tax-filing experience.

  • Support: Support progressive revenue-raising proposals to fund crucial public services for the long term.

  • Support: Oppose expensive and unfair tax cut proposals that would erode funding for public services and give the largest tax cuts to high-income households.

  • Expand the ability of Minnesotans to purchase affordable health insurance through a MinnesotaCare public option.

  • Expand continuous eligibility for Medicaid coverage to include adults. This policy means that those who access affordable health care through Medicaid remain eligible for at least 12 months.

  • Monitor: Address ways that the cost of health care and medical debt harms Minnesotans’ access to health care and economic well-being.

  • Expand access to affordable child care through creation of the Great Start Affordability Scholarship program, which will build toward a transformational, streamlined affordable child care system.

Build a Strong Democracy and Encourage Civic Participation

  • Support: Support preparations for the 2030 Census to ensure a proper count of all communities in Minnesota, with a focus on historically undercounted communities.

  • Monitor: Support improvements to structures and systems of democracy in order to expand access to voting and civic engagement opportunities for all Minnesotans, especially in communities historically excluded from these activities.

  • Support: Bolster access to policymaking processes, particularly for nonprofit organizations and communities historically excluded from these processes. Avoid negative impacts to participation and access to policymakers during renovation of the State Office Building.

  • Monitor: Oppose reporting requirements for registered lobbyists that do not take into account the situations of “in house” lobbyists, which many nonprofits employ.

If you have questions or feedback regarding MCN's 2024 Policy Agenda, or other issues you would like MCN to pay attention to, please connect with MCN's public policy team: