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Religious leaders’ Capitol rally to deliver loaves and fishes in symbolic call for tax increases

Dozens of religious leaders say they’ll distribute loaves and fishes to state leaders at the Minnesota state Capitol Tuesday to make a biblical point about the state shutdown.
They say evoking the Gospel story of Jesus multiplying loaves and fishes

Dozens of religious leaders say they’ll distribute loaves and fishes to state leaders at the Minnesota state Capitol Tuesday to make a biblical point about the state shutdown.

They say evoking the Gospel story of Jesus multiplying loaves and fishes for a hungry crowd will illustrate the need for lawmakers to “ask those who have done well to make small sacrifices so that we can invest in those who’ve been hurt most by the economic downturn,” the religious leaders said in a statement.

They’ll rally on the Capitol steps at 11 a.m. to send the message that increased revenue is needed to solve the state budget crisis in a fair manner.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the Legislature are locked in a stalemate over the size of the state budget. Dayton says more revenue is needed to preserve programs for the very poor and disabled. Republicans say their proposed $34 billion budget represents an increase in spending, and they have refused to consider higher taxes or fees.

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At Tuesday rally, the religious coalition will present a letter signed by more than 100 members of the state’s clergy, calling for some type of tax increases on those who can afford to pay more.

Among the rally’s leaders are:

  • Pastor Paul Slack, New Creation Church, Brooklyn Park, co-chair of ISAIAH’s Clergy Caucus
  • Elder Alfred Babington-Johnson, president of The Stairstep Initiative
  • Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel.