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People’s Rally for a Fair Minnesota

May 20, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 1,000 people will rally Saturday at the State Capitol, calling for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthiest 2 percent.

Greta Bergstrom, communications director for Take Action Minnesota, says many corporations are reporting big profits and their chief executive officers are getting record salaries, stock options and bonuses.

"Meanwhile, everybody else is doing worse and worse. They're losing their homes and their jobs. They're losing their health care. Something's wrong and we need to re-balance that."

Everyone benefits from state investments, Bergstrom says, from infrastructure to Minnesota's quality of life - always ranked among the best in the nation.

"We have a world-class educated workforce here, transit, outstanding parks and lakes and recreation activities. We have a thriving arts community."

After Saturday's 10:30 a.m. rally, many attendees will take buses to several locations, visiting some of the richest 2 percent who Bergstrom says can afford to pay higher taxes to protect Minnesota's quality of life. She says the people who continually call for less government need to realize that they couldn't get through a day without the services, programs and infrastructure that tax dollars provide.

"Any time you walk down a public sidewalk, you drive your car on a road, send your kids to schools, turn on a light bulb, you drink water out of your tap."

Bergstrom says raising revenue on the wealthiest will protect health care, education and jobs. Most conservatives oppose tax hikes, saying the government has to tighten its belt like everyone else.

The Legislature's adjournment deadline is Monday.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN