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Session offers difficult budget cuts to the Councils

09 May

Update 5/16/2011: The State Government conference committee compromised to cut the Councils by 20% but would remove language concerning being a grantee of the Humanities Center.

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Original post 5/9/2011: This session, the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and the Chicano-Latino Affairs Council are facing a challenge to our budgets and existence as never before. As you may know, the councils are state agencies and receive funding directly from the legislature. Our budgets are approved every two years after we have submitted a report to the legislature.

This year our budgets are up for review again. The House proposed to cut our budget by 15%. The Senate totally cuts our budget giving us 0 dollars from the general fund or base, but proposes that the State would give money to the MN Humanities Center to grant to the Councils to function. The governor’s proposed budget did not include cuts to the Councils’ budgets.

Both houses have passed their bills and are meeting in conference committee to discuss the bill, Senate File 1047. Conferees to the committee are listed below.

The Councils’ position is that we are STATE AGENCIES and should get direct appropriations from the State and not via a non-profit. We prefer the House language and while the cuts are deeper than the average for other state agencies, we can and will have to live with the budget cuts. We do not prefer the Senate language. We do not want to be a grant recipient. (We love the Minnesota Humanities Center and have a great working relationship and partnership with them, but we have a different and larger mission than the MHC as it relates to communities of color.)

Members of the Conference Committee

Senator Mike Parry (R) District 26
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Capitol Building, Room 309
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651.296.9457
sen.mike.parry@senate.mn

Senator Paul E. Gazelka (R) District 12
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Capitol Building, Room 325
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651.296.4875
sen.paul.gazelka@senate.mn

Senator Dave Thompson (R) District 36
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Capitol Building, Room 323
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651.296.5252
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

Senator Theodore J. “Ted” Daley (R) District 38
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Capitol Building, Room G-24
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651.297.8073
sen.ted.daley@senate.mn

Senator Ray Vandeveer (R) District 52
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Capitol Building, Room 328
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651.296.4351
sen.ray.vandeveer@senate.mn

Representative Morrie Lanning (R) District: 09A
379 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-5515 or 800-657-3742
rep.morrie.lanning@house.mn

Representative Keith Downey (R) District: 41A
407 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4363
rep.keith.downey@house.mn

Representative Mike Benson (R) District: 30B
515 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4378 or 888-858-4753
rep.mike.benson@house.mn

Representative Kirk Stensrud (R) District: 42A
553 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3964
rep.kirk.stensrud@house.mn

Representative Bruce Anderson (R) District: 19A
365 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-5063rep.bruce.anderson@house.mn

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