News Release

Community Action and TakeAction Minnesota team up to get input on state budget deficit

(St. Paul, MN)--January 4, 2011


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – With the state budget deficit projected to be $6.2 million, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties believes it’s critical for citizen voices to be heard.    Community Action and TakeAction Minnesota are offering “Common Cents”, an interactive forum providing an opportunity for people to give input on this important issue.   The forum will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. 

 As part of Community Action’s Kitchen Table Series, people will share perspectives, give input on balancing the deficit and find common ground.  “As the 2011 legislative session opens, we want the voice of the people to be heard.  This is a huge issue that will affect this generation and the next,” said Clarence Hightower, Executive Director, Community Action.   Participants learn how the state budget works and the tradeoffs needed for decision-making.  The deficit equals nearly one of every six dollars slated to be spent by the state in the next two years.   Over thirty Common Cents meetings will have taken place when the findings are presented to Governor Dayton and the State Legislature late in January 2011.

Event Information and RSVP Details
Kitchen Table is a series of programs intended to generate rich and honest dialogue regarding how lives are affected by poverty in key areas.  Kitchen Table’s Common Cents forum will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at Community Action headquarters, 450 Syndicate Street North in Saint Paul.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.  Space is limited and there is no charge to attend.  Please RSVP to Kim Ellison, 651.603.5951 or kellison@caprw.org.  Support for this program is provided by The Citizens League.

 Related Links
www.caprw.org  Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
www.takeactionminnesota.org   TakeAction Minnesota
www.citizing.org  CitiZing – A project of The Citizens League

About Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Community Action brings together community resources to reduce poverty and help people help themselves. Community Action provides services such as early childhood education, energy services, and financial independence training. The organization also advocates on its participants’ behalf for funding and services, and works to help shape public policy on poverty-related issues.

As a nonpartisan, locally run, private nonprofit, Community Action is governed by a board composed of representatives from the low-income, government and business communities. Community Action has more than 250 employees and an annual budget of $20 million. It is part of a network of 1,100 Community Action agencies nationwide.

For more information about Community Action, visit www.caprw.org.