What can we do to resolve Minnesota’s impending budget crisis? In the next couple weeks, legislators will hold a series of public meetings across the state to hear from you.
Nationwide, 34 of 50 states project budget deficits for 2010, analysts report.
Minnesota’s budget deficit is the 10th largest and accounts for 15 percent of the state budget –or $5 billion.
Most of the affected states—including Wisconsin, Michigan and California—plan to use a combination of revenue increases and limited service cuts to resolve their deficits.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor federation, is encouraging people to attend the public meetings and call for a fair solution to the budget crisis. Find their talking points on their website, www.mnaflcio.org
Here is the schedule of upcoming public meetings:
Thurs., Feb. 19
Mankato: 6 PM, Mankato Intergovernmental Center, Mankato Rover Rm., 10 Civic Center Plaza
Rochester: 6 PM, Rochester Community & Technical College, Heintz Center Commons Area, 1926 Collegeview Rd. SE
St. Cloud: 6 PM, City Hall Council Chambers, 400-2nd St. S.
Willmar: 6 PM, Kennedy Elementary School, 824-7th St. SW
Fri., Feb. 20
Albert Lea: 10 AM, City Hall Council Chambers, 221 E. Clark St.
Winona: 3:30 PM, City Hall Council Chambers, 207 Lafayette
Marshall: 2:30 PM, Southwest MN State Univ. Lecture Hall, 1501 State St.
Worthington: 10:30 AM, City Hall Council Chambers, 303 Ninth St.
Little Falls: 9:30 AM, Morrison Co. Gov’t Center, Garden Level Mtg. Rm., 213-1st Ave. SE
Alexandria: 4 PM, City Hall, 704 Broadway
Duluth: 9:30 AM, City Hall Council Chambers, 411 W. 1st St.
Virginia: 1:30 PM, Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, Small Auditorium, 1001 Chestnut St. W.
Brainerd: 10:30 AM, Washington Educational Services Bldg., Boardroom, 804 Oak St.
Bemidji: 3:30 PM, Bemidji State Univ., American Indian Resource Center Gathering Place, 1620 Birchmont Dr.
Additionally, the Senate Tax Committee will meet at 12:30 PM at Minnesota State Univ. Moorhead, Comstock Union, 1104-7th Ave. S.
Mon., Feb. 23
Woodbury: 6 PM, Central Park Amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Pl.
Northfield: 6-7 PM, Northfield Public Library
Tues., Feb. 24
Bloomington: 7 PM, City Hall, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Minneapolis: 6 PM, Mpls. Park Board, 2117 W. River Rd.
Burnsville: 7-8 PM, Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine, Burnsville Heart of the City-Will Morgan
Weds., Feb. 25
Burnsville: 7:30 PM, Fairview Ridges Hospital, 201 E. Nicollet Blvd.
White Bear Lake: 6:30 PM, White Bear Lake High School, So. Campus, 3551 N. McKnight Rd.
Thurs., Feb. 26
St. Paul: 6 PM, West Minnehaha Rec Center, 685 W. Minnehaha Ave.
Plymouth: 7 PM, City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Coon Rapids: 7 PM, City Hall, 11155 Robinson Dr.
Forest Lake: 6:30 PM, City Hall, 220 N. Lake St.
Sat., Feb. 28
St. Paul: 10 AM-Noon, Black Bear Crossings on Como Lake-Alice Hausman
Bagley: 11 AM-Noon, Bagley City Council Chamber-Brita Sailer
Blackduck: 1-3 PM, Blackduck High School Library-Brita Sailer
Park Rapids: 4:30-5:30 PM, Frank White Education Center Community Rm.-Brita Sailer