Wide, diverse set of Minnesota’s nonprofit organizations aligned against harmful federal tax bill

 

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.

 

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres is a $25m disability services organization that has been a leader in the field for more than 50 years. The organization provides crisis support services, case management, and residential and in-home supports for children and individuals with mental health issues, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities. In 2017 alone, MORA supported over 800 individuals, and 99% of the funding for this support comes from the Medicaid program. The tax bill is concerning, particularly the high potential of the bill deficit to be offset by cuts to Medicaid/IDD services. MORA’s clients tend to be lower functioning, have higher medical needs, and are aging. Many of them are nearing retirement age and are unable to find vocational work that meets their physical needs. MORA’s clients require 24/7 supports and have parents/guardians that are also no longer able to afford their care. In an industry that already faces challenges like low wages, staffing shortages, and a lack of viable resources, further cuts to Medicaid would be detrimental, and result in the loss of services, lower quality of life for the clients supported, and a possibly elimination of jobs.

 

As a 50+ year nonprofit that is affiliated with Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (congregation = 14,000), we are also concerned about changes to the charitable tax deduction, impacts on state and local taxes that we rely on for our (I/DD) funding, and the removal of the medical expense tax deduction in the House bill; a concern for our 500+ employees.