Minnesota’s nonprofit community, a sector that employs nearly 12 percent of Minnesota’s workforce and partners with millions, is aligned in its opposition to the harmful and unprecedented federal tax bill.
The bill awaiting passage in Congress gives the largest benefits to profitable corporations and the wealthiest at the expense of most Americans. The tax cuts add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, and to pay for it, policymakers have clear plans to come back and deeply cut health care and other critical services. The harm will be dramatic, particularly to children, retirees, people with disabilities, workers, and families.
With trillions of dollars over the next decade at risk and impacts spanning all sectors, the tax bill under consideration and the budget resolution passed earlier this fall have vast negative consequences that will affect millions of Minnesotans well into the future. Advocates agree this tax bill does not represent the values of Minnesotans, and urge Congressional representatives to reject it.
“This bill hurts our most vulnerable citizens and will make them worse off in the future than they are today,” said Jennifer J. Polzin, CEO of Tubman, Minnesota’s largest provider of emergency shelter for domestic violence victims. “On top of that, the bill weakens the community safety net by threatening nonprofits, community services, and state budgets. This bill hurts us as a nonprofit and our ability to serve, and will leave us with fewer resources to serve the most vulnerable.”
“Tubman’s clients have already experienced trauma and are seeking help. Most of them live in poverty and come from historically disenfranchised communities. They are trying to change their lives and the lives of their children, and this tax bill will make it harder. That’s why we’re joining with other nonprofits to call on our representatives to stop this bill from passing.”
About Tubman: Tubman’s philosophy is rooted in our inspiration and namesake, Harriet Tubman. Facing unrelenting adversities, Harriet Tubman encouraged others to simply "Keep going." Each year, Tubman offers safety, healing and hope to nearly 25,000 people of all ages who are facing violence, exploitation, homelessness, addiction or mental health challenges. Services include safe shelter and safety planning, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling and therapy, youth programs, community education, and more. To learn more, please visit www.tubman.org.