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Calling all members of JCI Minnesota!

Please read the following letter from Al Lund, Executive Director of Allied Charities of Minnesota.  It contains important information about the Community Vitality Investment Act HF226, which, if passed, will make donations from the Minnesota Jaycees Charitable Gambling exempt from state gambling taxes.  In other words, we would have more money to give to charities, including JCI Minnesota, because we wouldn’t be paying gambling tax on the money we give!  Please contact your representative and urge the passing of this bill!


Members and Associates,

We have our House file number for the Community Vitality Investment Act. It is HF226. This bill is a matter of fairness and common sense. It makes our donations exempt from the state gambling tax, giving us more to invest in our missions and our communities.

Contact your Representative and ask them to sign onto the bill. In the House every Representative can sign onto a bill. You can find out who represents you at http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

How important is it that you educate your legislators? Earlier this week, we sent the Star Tribune opinion article (http://www.startribune.com/charitable-gaming-bears-more-than-its-fair-tax-share-time-for-a-change/410456545/) to all members of the state legislature. We heard back from several members that they already knew about the legislation and wanted to co-sponsor it BECAUSE they heard from a charitable organization in their community.

We have a long way to go; we are hearing that there is a possibility that the legislature will pick up the tax bill from last session that did not get passed. Tax relief for all charitable gaming was not in that bill. We need to make sure that we are all in any tax bill passed this year. And that won’t happen if legislators don’t hear from you. Your voice and your voice alone can provide legislators with the understanding they need of just how much you are doing for your communities and how valuable it would be to be able to make your contributions without also having to pay taxes on the donation.

Educate your Representative on the importance of charitable gaming in your community, what the extra dollars would mean to your community and what is not getting done in your community today because of the money you are sending into state government.

Regards,

Al Lund
Executive Director
Allied Charities Of Minnesota (ACM)
3250 Rice St
Saint Paul, MN 55126-3080
Office #: 651-224-4533
Fax #: 866-240-6160
alliedcharitiesmn@gmail.com

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