The Uptake. May 21, 2011
"Speakers at the People’s Rally for a Fair Minnesota asserted that the state has sufficient wealth to maintain a high quality of life, as long as the legislature chooses to fairly tax the richest two percent of Minnesotans—including some CEOs and executives who have put profits ahead of health care and decent jobs for Minnesota families.
“There is no budget deficit. The only deficit in our state right now is the deficit of imagination and the deficit of moral clarity,” said Grant Stevenson, a Lutheran pastor and President of ISAIAH.
Citing banking executives as an example of those who should pay their fair share, Kerry Felder of Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) shared the story of tough times and foreclosures that hit her neighborhood hard, and her neighbors’ determination not to allow their local public high school to close. “I don’t need anything free. I just need a break like the one we, the taxpayers, gave the banks when we bailed them out,” said Felder."