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Contact: Pat Anderson

January 23, 2009                                                                                      

Ph: (651) 294-3593

Coalition Forms To Gather Input on Budget


ST. PAUL – A group of non-partisan, non-profit organizations have formed a coalition that will be gathering suggestions to solve Minnesota’s current $4.8 billion shortfall.  The coalition is seeking methods that can solve the state’s budget problem without adding to the tax burden of families and small businesses.

The coalition is asking for proposals from policy experts and ordinary citizens in order to begin a constructive dialogue for real budget solutions.  A new website has been launched at MinnesotaBudgetSolutions.com where anyone can help identify opportunities to restructure state spending and comment on budget proposals. 

“The partners in this coalition range from members of the construction industry to family advocacy groups,” said Pat Anderson, President of the Free Market Institute.  “Our goal is to make sure that during the state budget process the day-to-day challenges of average families are considered.”

Members of the coalition include:  Associated Builders and Contractors, Minnesota Family Council, Minnesota Free Market Institute, Minnesota Majority, the Minnesota chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Taxpayers League of Minnesota, and Campaign for Liberty.

“Our objective is to achieve more effective ways to allocate state funds and seek common sense solutions that won’t add to the burden Minnesota families already bear,” said Jeff Davis, President of Minnesota Majority.  ”Minnesota is home to some of the best and brightest individuals.  If we roll up our sleeves and work together, we can accomplish this goal.”

For more information go to MinnesotaBudgetSolutions.com.