Inside the Capitol

  • Interfaith advocacy for the poor and vulnerable makes an impact in 2023

    Posted by · July 21, 2023 10:25 AM

    Catholic social teaching espouses a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. In the public policy context, this means that policies should first be evaluated based on how they will affect those most in distress (Mt 25). It also means that addressing the needs of the poor and vulnerable should be one of the most important priorities in the legislative process, at whatever level of government.

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  • Work in the vineyard must continue

    Posted by · May 24, 2023 9:47 AM

    In the face of adversity, all of us in the Church must keep tilling the soil so that good things will grow and be ready to harvest from our Capitol in St. Paul.

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  • The legislature is making final decisions. Why your voice matters even in the final stages.

    Posted by · May 10, 2023 3:09 PM

    It is vital that Minnesota Catholics share their concerns with elected officials as the omnibus bills are being finalized as we near the end of the legislative session. Although there are some provisions in these bills that Minnesota Catholic Conference supports, there are many others that do things such as expand taxpayer funding of abortion and undermine conscience rights. The best way to stay informed and message legislators is to become a member of the Catholic Advocacy Network (www. mncatholic.org/actioncenter).

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  • Let’s Make It Easier for Families to Welcome Their Newest Members

    Posted by · April 27, 2023 4:07 PM

    The Families First Project is an advocacy campaign of the Minnesota Catholic Conference to remove economic roadblocks that Minnesotans confront along their journey of forming and raising a family. This week’s column focuses on one Families First policy proposal that would make life a bit easier for new parents by reducing the tax burden they encounter when purchasing necessities for their newborn baby: a sales tax exemption on baby products.

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  • Minnesota’s bishops meet with lawmakers to advocate for policies that put families first

    Posted by · March 30, 2023 4:22 PM

    It is no question that the family plays an irreplaceable role as the first economic unit, the first classroom, and the first community that each of us experiences. Parents perform the irreplaceable work of nurturing the next generation of thinkers, artisans, and caregivers. So, as the Minnesota legislature is now crafting the next biennial state budget and deciding what to do with a 17-billion-dollar surplus, Minnesota’s bishops are urging our lawmakers to place families first in their considerations.

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  • Families First Project aims to provide a solid foundation for supporting a family

    Posted by · March 17, 2023 11:25 AM

    The Families First Project is an advocacy campaign of the Minnesota Catholic Conference to remove economic roadblocks that Minnesotans confront along their journey of forming and raising a family. This week’s column focuses on one Families First policy proposal that helps young people identify and secure stable long-term employment in the trades.

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  • Families First Project moves forward as a new Minnesota Child Tax Credit gains momentum

    Posted by · March 10, 2023 10:47 AM

    “Public authorities have the duty to sustain the family . . . the family does not exist for society or the State, but society and the State exist for the family.” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 214)

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  • Advocating for Children – Born and Unborn

    Posted by · March 03, 2023 2:15 PM

    A core principle of Catholic Social Teaching is to exercise, in our public policy making and in our various labors, a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. One way of thinking about that principle is that the poor and vulnerable should have the first claim on our resources and attention as we consider various policy questions. Children—especially unborn children—are among the vulnerable populations in our society.

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  • Advocating for policies that give families the flexibility they need to care for their loved ones

    Posted by · February 01, 2023 3:43 PM

    The legislature continues to press ahead at a rapid pace, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference is working hard to ensure the Catholic voice is represented on a variety of key issues, always in service to the common good.

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