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  • 14 May 2021 07:40 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    Below is the editorial from the Star Tribune today, Friday May 14, 2021.

    I am being asked to once again clarify ACM’s position on the bill aimed at changing electronics. ACM IS OPPOSED TO THE BILL. WE THINK THAT IT NEEDS FURTHER STUDY AND INPUT FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS. We have made our position very clear to tribal representatives, the MN legislature, ACM members, ACM associate members and to the bars.

    Just as I have said that the tribal electronic bill does not operate in a vacuum, our actions during this difficult time don’t either. ACM is not going to conduct a campaign that will have negative consequences for charities for many years to come.

    While I don’t agree with the tribes regarding their bill we are going to remain civil and have dialogue with them whenever they make contact. Until I am no longer the executive director at ACM I am going to take all calls. Contrary to what those opposed to ACM have been saying, WE HAVE NOT NEGOTIATED ANYTHING WITH THE TRIBES.

    ACM does not have and never will have the resources that for profit enterprises benefiting from electronics have at their disposal to raise awareness of this issue. Our lobbyist at the capitol has made our position very clear to all parties involved.

    If you have not let your State Senator know your thoughts on the bill, you still have time to do so. Let them know what you think of the bill. It does make a difference. You can find out their contact information at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    From the Star Tribune Editorial Board: The state of Minnesota appears poised to bungle the success of electronic pulltabs, and it is a mess entirely of its own making.

    Nearly a decade ago the state threw its support behind e-pulltabs as a painless way to fund a new Vikings football stadium and modernize the old-fashioned paper pulltabs that for decades were a vital source of funding for local charities.

    Now the state wants to change the deal. American Indian tribes, given exclusivity over casino gambling decades ago, have decided that e-pulltabs are too popular, a little too fun and a little too much like slot machines. Having failed to persuade an administrative law judge on that point, they now want the state to ban e-pulltabs in their current form. With uncharacteristic speed, the House obliged, proposing limits that would, if passed, go into effect next fall.

    Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, himself a bar owner who has a partnership with a local charity on pulltabs, said he and others were caught by surprise. "They had one hearing on something that could have a $1.3 billion impact for bars, restaurants and charities," Franke said.

    The next day, he said, the measure was amended into a larger spending bill now headed to conference negotiations. Ostensibly, the bill's broader aim is to redesign the games by the deadline. But the Gambling Control Board notes that there are no games that would fit the proposed language requirements. Companies would be taking another gamble that the state would not change its mind again.

    And just like that, small bars and restaurants, youth hockey clubs, Lions Clubs, veterans organizations and more than 1,300 other local charities across the state could take a massive hit. A legislative fiscal analysis shows that local bars and restaurants would lose an estimated $29.25 million in revenue. Local wages would drop by $35 million. Local charities, which use some of the e-pulltab proceeds to fund athletic scholarships, equipment, veterans services and a host of other local needs, would lose $33 million a year. E-pulltabs and linked bingo also generate up to $60 million a year in taxes — money the state uses to pay its share of stadium costs.

    A little background: Tribes didn't oppose e-pulltabs years ago because, frankly, they didn't think they would provide much competition. A Star Tribune editorial in 2011 noted that tribal gaming interests had signaled they wouldn't fight the new charitable gaming because it was considered less of a threat than a downtown casino or the slots-at-racetracks idea dubbed racinos. E-pulltabs emerged as the consensus option the following year, in part because it was characterized as more respectful of the compacts and did not extend gambling to new venues.

    Initially clunky and unsophisticated, e-pulltabs were, in fact, slow to catch on. After a retooling, their popularity has grown exponentially. Tribal gaming interests went to court last year over what they said was a growing similarity to slot machines. But an administrative law judge last May soundly rejected that argument, ruling specifically that the games did not infringe on tribal exclusivity, and noting that "the mere push of a button is far too attenuated to constitute 'mimicking' of a slot machine."

    Gov. Tim Walz recently voiced support for the House measure, saying "we have a responsibility to our Indigenous nations who, in good faith, negotiated around those issues of pulltabs." But it's not that simple. There are others who negotiated in good faith: organizations that trusted in the now decade-old sanction of electronic games; manufacturers that invested in new technology; taxpayers who took the state at its word when it assured them that charitable gambling, not public subsidies, would pay stadium costs.

    The state has itself tangled in competing promises here, in part because it thought it had found easy money for something it badly wanted: a new stadium. Now it is obligated to strike a fair balance.

    Walz should send this poorly vetted legislation back for the broader, deeper consideration it deserves. Too much is at stake for small bars, restaurants and local charities that have come to depend on this revenue.


  • 22 Apr 2021 17:13 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    HF2366, the bill making changes to charitable electronic gambling, was folded into the House Commerce, Energy and Finance Omnibus bill that was passed on the House floor yesterday. An amendment offered by Rep. Franke would have taken HF2366 out of the bill, but that was defeated on a 59 for, 74 against the amendment vote.

    Last week the Senate approved their version of the Omnibus bill SF972. The Senate version did not include SF1863 and both Omnibus bills will now end up in a conference committee to iron out the differences and form one bill for final approval by both bodies.

    The companion of HF2366, SF1863 sits in the State Policy, Finance and Elections committee chaired by Senator Kiffmeyer. The bill has not been heard in the Senate.

    ACM is disappointed that this bill is making the progress that it has. It looks to us that this bill has been fast tracked without the normal vetting process. For eight years at the Capitol I have heard the term “peace in the valley”, which means that the legislators would like everyone involved in an issue to work out their differences before the legislature makes decisions. There has been no “peace in the valley” on this issue.

    It became clear three years ago that tribal interests had concerns about what was being offered on charitable electronic gambling in sites in Minnesota. It has gotten to where we are today because they have not had any satisfaction in resolving their concerns. At any point in time the GCB, the administration or the legislature could have called for all parties to come together to try and resolve the issue. If they ever took place, Allied Charities was never asked to be part of any such discussions.

    What would have been possible and is still possible is to call for a review of the progression of charitable electronic gambling from 2012 to 2021. It would then be possible to see if and when the GCB crossed a line in game approvals. If the GCB did cross a line, remedies could be decided on that would address the issue while working to keep collateral damage (hurting charities) to a minimum. To our knowledge none of this has been done.

    Over the past several weeks I have not heard one person say that charities are at fault. In fact the opposite is true; everyone involved has gone out of their way to say that charities have had nothing to do with this issue. Yet, there was nothing in the House bill that would have helped lessen the blow to charities and what happened yesterday was that the House in effect said, “Charities this is not your fault, but we are going to hold you responsible”.  

    From the start of this I have shared that I do not believe that the intent of the bill was to harm charities. But, as the bill currently sits there is one winner and the rest of us, including charities, are losers. Relief for us can only come from the Minnesota legislature. I am asking the Minnesota legislature that if they are going to go ahead with this bill to also do what is right for the rest of us.  

    My message to the Senate will be to not do what a majority in the House has done. Rather, bring the parties together, look at the history of electronic gambling and make decisions that have taken the time to review the facts. If changes need to be made, do not hurt the charities in the process.

    Regards,

    Al Lund


  • 21 Apr 2021 14:40 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    I want to provide additional clarity to my comments made in the House Commerce committee regarding HF2366. ACM is opposed to this piece of legislation. If passed the bill will make significant changes to what is currently being offered in sites today. What the total impact will be is beyond my scope of expertise, but it will have a negative impact on our ability to serve mission and community. This legislation has been fast tracked and it needs a more thorough vetting. My hope is that all affected parties can sit down and discuss this to a mutually satisfactory conclusion. If you agree that this bill needs further review, you need to contact your legislators and let them know that. You can find out who represents you at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ Thank you to those that have contacted your legislators, it makes a difference.

    Al Lund


  • 19 Apr 2021 16:46 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    My time as executive director of ACM is drawing to a close. My original intent was to leave last year, but the ACM Board asked me to stay on for a few more months. My tenure will end on May 31, 2021.

    ACM has begun the process of finding a replacement. The ACM board has engaged ACM Board Member Rachel Jenner as Interim Executive Director to be in place until a new Executive Director is hired.

    Details of the position and how to apply are listed below.

    I will continue with updates until my departure date.

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    Allied Charities of Minnesota is a non-profit, professional trade association seeking an experienced, part time Executive Director to lead our organization.  We serve our industry through lobbying, advocacy and education for charities who conduct lawful gambling in MN. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our organization, ensuring that we are operating efficiently and effectively to meet our strategic goals. The Executive Director is the face of our organization, working closely with the Board of Directors, our lobbyist, attorney, government officials and the public.  We are searching for a candidate who is aligned with our mission and who will provide positive leadership. The ideal person would have 3-5 years experience in the lawful gambling industry in MN, preferably in a managerial role. Possess strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Please email a resume to alliedcharitiesmn@gmail.com

    Key responsibilities:

    ·   Develop and implement strategic plans that meet business goals and objectives created in partnership with the Board of Directors.

    ·   Develop positive relationships with key stakeholders, including members and government agencies.

    ·   Perform day to day operations including check requests, deposits, administrative work and emails.

    ·   Attend meetings with members, Board of Directors, attorneys, and legislators.

    ·   Draft legislation and communication with the collaboration of our attorney and lobbyist.

    ·   Testify on all ACM bills and communicate our position on other legislation. Communicate with Legislators regarding concerns or questions, and work with revisor’s office to have legislation jacketed.

    ·   Media relations including press interviews and drafting press releases.

    ·   Lead Convention event and manage contracts. Meet with convention center, hotels, hospitality, presenters, entertainment, etc.

    ·   Update website as needed.

    ·   Prepare and coordinate monthly Board meetings.

    ·   Present to member organizations upon request.

    ·   Draft annual budget and work with the Treasurer on financial matters.

    ·   Serve on NPGA (problem gambling board).

    ·   Attend industry related conventions in vendor capacity.


  • 14 Apr 2021 15:48 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    An update on HF2366/SF1863. This bill would repeal the current electronic/linked bingo games that have been approved by the GCB and significantly restrict the type of electronic games that the GCB can approve in the future.

    This past Sunday evening I was advised by the House Commerce Committee Chair that the tribal bill to make changes to electronic gaming (HF2366) would be heard in his committee this week. HF2366 was heard in House Commerce yesterday, Tuesday, April 13 and passed on a 12 to 5 vote. Today it was heard in House Ways and Means and amended to the Commerce/Energy Omnibus bill, which was passed. It is now on its way to the House floor for a vote, probably sometime next week.

    We are working to understand what is happening in the Senate on the bill (SF1863).

    I testified against this bill yesterday. At the end of this note is my testimony.

    The bill in its present form is harmful to charities and our site partners. Charities and our site partners had nothing to do with designing or approving games. We are only able to offer what the GCB approved. If the legislature and administration feel that they must make these changes, there needs to be remedies included that would help mitigate loss of revenue. Anything less will be punishing charities and sites for something that we had no part in. Making this change without making it right for us is very wrong.

    This will be my message to my legislators: Representative Bahner,  Senator Limmer, HF2366/SF1863 will make substantial changes to limit what can be offered in charitable electronic gaming. Charities and our site partners had nothing to do with the designing of the current games or approval of the games, yet our ability to help others will be hurt if the bill is enacted. I am asking you to vote against this bill. IF it is going to be progressed relief must be included for charities and our site partners along with not making any star rating change for charities. The dust needs to settle as to what this change will mean to our ability to serve our mission and community before we are held to a higher standard in the star rating system. I am asking you to not hold us responsible for something that we had no part in. Thank you for your time and consideration. Regards, Al Lund Osseo/Maple Grove American Legion member and Osseo Lions Club member.

    If you currently have electronics or are in any way concerned about the ramifications of such changes, you need to take the time to let your legislators know what you think of the bill. Find out who represents you at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    Al Lund, executive director Allied Charities of MN. ACM is a 501(c)6 organization that represents licensed gambling charities in Minnesota. Thank you chair and committee members for your time today.

    I am here today to speak in opposition of HF2366. If passed the bill would negatively impact our ability to serve, although to what degree is not known.

    I was on the ACM board when electronics were passed in 2012 and soon after that became the executive director. Playing electronics is a different experience than playing paper pull tabs. To my knowledge there has been no research into whether the increasing acceptance of electronics is due to the form or the games themselves.

    For me personally electronics have been a bit of a love hate relationship. The St. Michael American Legion, where I at one time was the gambling manager was one of the first sites in the state to get electronics back in December of 2012 and they still have them today. There is less oversight involved with managing electronics than paper, but the charity makes less on electronics than we do on paper. Overall we are the number two beneficiary behind the state in total charitable gambling, but in electronics we are number three behind the state and the manufacturer. I have struggled with the charity not being the number one beneficiary of charitable gambling, yet I am bemused when those that profit from charities find it hard to understand that I hold that belief.

    In part, the bill would eliminate bonus games or bonus features in an electronic pull-tab game.  Bonus features have been central to paper pull tab games in Minnesota since the 1980’s and continue to be played today.  A bonus feature in a paper pull-tab game involves the use of a seal card. A seal card is a placard that accompanies a deal of pull-tabs and contains one or more seals, that when opened reveal a prize.  Players qualify for the opportunity to compete for a seal prize by opening a pull-tab that directs them to the seal card.  The player might have the opportunity to pick a seal to be opened, or the ticket might designate the seal to be opened. No seal card prize may exceed the prize limits imposed by state law.  The seal card simply extends the play of the game for the predetermined and limited number of players in the deal who have tickets that qualify them for the seal round.

    This bill says that electronic pull-tabs must replicate paper pull-tab games.  This bill eliminates the electronic replication of an entire style of paper pull-tab game. Bonus features in e-tabs replicate seal card games and allow players to advance to a bonus screen, just like players advance to a paper seal card.  Electronic pull-tabs offer more entertaining graphics than a paper seal card, but the result is the same.  A predetermined and limited number of players in the electronic deal have the opportunity to qualify for the bonus round and the possibility of winning a prize.  Fundamentally, the play of the game is the same in the paper and electronic format.

    In FY2020 charities netted $14 million from electronic gambling for mission and community. The charities have had no part in designing or approving e games since they were approved in 2012. I have never believed that an intent of the bill was to harm charities, but with no provisions in the bill (such as tax relief) to help charities mitigate any revenue loss, hurting charities will be a consequence of the bill.

    ACM urges the GCB and tribal representatives to work together to find a mutually satisfactory solution to the issues at hand without legislation. Thank you for your time.


  • 05 Apr 2021 13:53 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    By all accounts, E business continues to grow. It grew at a 16% clip the previous fiscal year. If that trend continues for FY2021 it will mean that electronic revenue share will cost charities $5 million more than the previous fiscal year.

    With the recent announcements of the price increase on paper tabs, it will cost charities $3 million more annually to buy their paper tabs.

    Those two increases mean that our expenses will go from 53% of net receipts to 55% of net receipts.

    Increased costs of doing business do not get covered from just anywhere, they come from donation dollars. Increased costs hinder our ability to serve our missions and communities.

    Assuming payout stays where it was in FY2020 (it has not done that for the past 7 fiscal years, but one can always hope) it would mean that after payout of 84.88%, the average organization would have 15.12 cents remaining for expenses, taxes/fees and donations. Expenses will take 8.31 cents and taxes/fees will take 4 cents, leaving the average organization with 2.81 cents per dollar wagered for mission and community. Payout has increased on average .31 cent every year the past seven years, going from 82.7% in FY2014 to 84.88% in FY2020.  

    Under the GCB proposed star rating change that would measure donations against expenses, the average organization would then have a ratio of 29.9% or a star rating of 1. Higher expenses, taxes/fees translate to fewer dollars that the organization will have for mission and community. As expenses and taxes/fees increase an organization’s star rating will decline as well. Without corresponding tax relief it will become increasingly difficult for organizations to stay off of probation.

    The GCB has stated that organizations will be able to stay off of probation by spending down their retained cash, in effect buying your way out of probation. While that may work for one year, it is not something that an organization would be able to do long term.

    Here is what is not said about the retained cash amount listed in the FY end reports. That number is from June 30 of each year, the end of the state’s fiscal year. It is not the end of the fiscal year for every licensed organization. Many organizations wait until the end of their fiscal year to spend down. Many organizations carry over funds in order to have the amount needed for a larger purchase that they cannot afford in one fiscal year. A retained cash amount would only have value if it was from the fiscal year end of each individual organization.

    All of the fiscal guidance that I could find states three to six months of operating expenses is what a business needs to have on hand at any given time. Even using the number from June 30, the average organization has $46,000 in retained cash which equates to 3.8 months of operating expenses. The organization that I found with the largest amount of retained cash had less than 10 months of operating expenses.

    For the long term survival of charities and everyone who relies on income from them, there needs to be frank discussions about changes that need to be made in order to keep charities from going under. I understand that nobody wants to discuss the elephant in the room, but if it isn’t this will not continue forever.

    Regards,

    Al Lund

  • 23 Mar 2021 11:41 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    SF1863/HF2366 is a bill that would make substantial changes to the operating of linked e-bingo and e-tabs. It is being offered by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA).. You can see the bills in their entirety on the ACM website under the NEWS tab.

    MIGA does not share their reasons with me, but I know that they believe that the intent of the 2012 stadium legislation that allowed electronic gambling does not align with what exists in sites today.

    MIGA has tried over the past several years to negotiate changes with the GCB, but to this point in time, has had no success. This bill is their most recent attempt to garner the changes that they believe need to be made to reflect what was agreed to in 2012.

    Their bill was first introduced in the Senate. First deadline passed without the bill being heard in the Senate. The bill now has a House author, but we do not know if he will hear the bill. There are ways to get bills passed after deadline, but the path is very different from the norm and is seldom used or successful. 

    I have been accused of being against electronic gaming. That could not be further from the truth. My previous American Legion was one of the very first sites to put in electronics and they still have them today. What I am against is others making more than the charity on the forms of electronic gaming that we are allowed to offer. In our total business (all forms), we are now the number two beneficiary behind the state, but in electronics we are number three behind the state and the manufacturers. 

    Unfortunately, there are even instances where the charity is number three, four or five on the electronic gaming profit ladder. In January, my Lion club’s payout on electronic pull tabs was 92% (we use the auto close feature, our FYTD payout is 87.59%). Our cost of doing business overall is 9.3 cents on every dollar wagered. In January, the state, the manufacturer, the bar, and the distributor all got paid (as they get paid off of net receipts) while our club lost money on every dollar played. We are not the only one.

    Charitable organizations exist for the primary purpose of serving others.  We fund a multitude of programs in our communities all across the state. Many of these programs would not exist but for the money raised through charitable gambling.  Having charity being less than the number one reason for charitable gambling is hard for me to accept; being three, four or five on the profit scale is beyond my comprehension. 

    In 2012 the people/groups working to pass electronic gaming legislation were quoted as saying that electronic linked bingo and pull tabs would deliver as much as $75 million a year in taxes to state coffers. In FY2020 electronic gaming delivered $28 million of the $84 that we remitted in total tax payments.

    I believe that if the bill were to be enacted it would have a negative impact on the overall volume of electronic bingo and electronic pull tab sales.  In addition, the manufacturers will be forced to revise their games to meet the new standards at a cost undoubtedly passed on to us, the charities.  What these changes will mean is the real question and I do not believe that anyone has the correct answer to that question. 

    We will be watching this bill very closely. We do not believe that the bill will be enacted this year, but if not, it will still be alive next legislative session as this year is the first year of the two year session. 

    Regards,

    Al Lund


  • 15 Mar 2021 15:15 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Members,

    The 2021 legislative session is already half over. Tax relief is still in play for licensed gambling charities, but we must let our legislators know how important relief is for us and our ability to continue serving.

    It has been reported that the state currently has a $1.6 billion surplus, tax receipts are coming in better than anticipated and Minnesota is expected to receive $4.7 billion from the Federal Government for COVID relief.

    Now is the time for charities to get the relief that will help keep us viable in our communities. The relief bill that has been heard in the Senate Tax Committee would provide an 11% reduction in combined receipt taxes. That represents $10 to $13 million annually, depending on net receipts. We would still be sending in $85 to $100 million, which is $17 to $32 million, more than is required for the general fund and stadium bond payments.

    Leaving charities out of the mix on relief at this time is wrong. We have done more than our fair share in providing revenue to the state. Now is our time for much needed relief.

    Below are the Senators that have leadership roles in the Senate. If any of them represent you, you and your entire organization need to make contact with them and stress the importance of relief. Let them know what an extra eleven percent in bottom line dollars would mean for your mission and community.

    Senator Paul Gazelka Senate Majority Leader, Senator Susan Kent Minority Leader, Senator Roger Chamberlain Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Jason Isaacson Minority Whip, Senator Zack Duckworth Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Melisa Franzen Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Carla Nelson Tax Chair, Senator Foung Hawj Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Karin Housley Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Nick Frentz Assistant Minority Leader, Senator John Jasinski Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Mark Johnson Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Jeremy Miller President of the Senate, Senator Kent Eken Minority Whip, Senator Bill Weber Assistant Majority Leader, Senator David Tomassoni President Pro Tem.

    If Tax Chair Senator Nelson is your Senator thank her for her support and her bill that would give us much needed relief.

    You can find out who represents you at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

    Don’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers yet again. One phone call, e-mail or letter may be just what it takes to get this done.

    Regards,

    Al Lund

  • 01 Mar 2021 07:33 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Testimony to the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee on Wednesday, March 3.

    Madam Chair, committee members, thank you for your time today.

    My name is Allen Lund. I am the executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota (ACM). We are a 501c6 that represents licensed gambling organizations in Minnesota.

    ACM opposes SF746, a bill being sponsored by the Gambling Control Board that would change the current star rating system for charities. If enacted SF746 would no longer take into account our largest single expense, the taxes and fees that we are required to pay, when computing our rating. The current system takes all Lawful Purpose Expenditures (donations, taxes and fees) as a percentage of Net Receipts (sales minus prizes) to determine your rating. The proposed system takes donations only as a percentage of Allowable Expenses to determine your rating. The GCB has stated that this bill is tied to tax relief, but tax relief is nowhere to be found in the bill.

    ACM understands those that think that licensed charitable gambling organizations need to get more dollars to the bottom line for mission and community. Charities want that too. We welcome charities being evaluated, but we believe that the entire expense structure needs to be considered when looking at the ability of a charity to serve.

    ACM has offered alternatives that prior to organizations being rated would remove mandates that charities must pay in order to conduct charitable gambling in Minnesota. We must pay our taxes and fees. We must store our played games for a minimum of 3 ½ years. We must pay for our games, rent, bar ops and electronic revenue share. If a charity has sales of more than $750,000 in a fiscal year they must have an annual outside audit conducted by a CPA and the audit must be paid for. All of these things lessen our ability to get money to our bottom line for mission and community.

    The Osseo Lions (of which I am a member) does not own a building and has one site, a local bar. Monthly the Osseo Lions must pay rent to the bar, a bar electronics operation fee and an electronics revenue share fee that totals $10,000. That’s $120,000 annually that the Osseo Lions do not have available for donations, through no fault of their own. The Osseo/Maple Grove American Legion (of which I am also a member) has one site and pays none of those costs. Using the proposed rating system a person not familiar with either organization could come to a conclusion that the Legion (5 stars under the current system and 5 stars under the proposed system) is a better steward of funds than the Lions (4 stars under the current rating system and 1 star under the proposed rating system) when in reality both are well run organizations dealing with very different circumstances. That is not a fair and equitable comparison.   

    If enacted the average organization would go from 4 stars under the current system (1 to 5 possible stars) to 1 star under the proposed system (0 to 5 possible stars).   

    We also question the timing of this bill. These are unsettling times for all of us. Charities do not know what the future holds and many have been holding additional funds in reserve in order to survive the pandemic with the goal of serving far into the future. We all hope that a rating system that is fair and equitable to all charities can be developed and ACM stands ready to help with that. If the bill is to be progressed, we would ask that an effective date no earlier than July 1, 2023 be given in order for charities to have the time to react and attempt to comply with the change.

    There is currently a charitable gambling tax relief bill being offered in the Senate (SF1322) that reduces taxes on charities and also changes the star rating system to help ensure that relief goes where we all want it to go, into mission and community. SF746 does not do that.

    Thank you for your time today.




  • 12 Feb 2021 12:10 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)
    DIALS: Via Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, VERBATIM: “As hospitalizations and the COVID-19 positivity rate continue to decline and the state makes progress in vaccinating those most vulnerable, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 21-07 to continue supporting Minnesota’s economic recovery and make adjustments to COVID-19 mitigation measures . . . Executive Order 21-07, effective Saturday, February 13 at noon, takes steps to further reopen Minnesota’s economy safely, including:
    • Increasing the ‘not to exceed’ capacity in restaurants to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 50 percent
    • Increasing indoor entertainment ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25 percent
    • Increasing private events and celebrations ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 50, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25
    • Increasing gym and pool ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 250, while leaving maximum capacity at 25 percent, and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
    • Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.”
    WALZ: “Our small businesses have made enormous sacrifices for the health of their employees and communities,” said Governor Walz. “Today, we can make these cautious, common sense adjustments to support them because of the progress we have made controlling the spread of COVID-19 and getting the most at-risk Minnesotans vaccinated.” ORDER: https://fluence-media.co/3rJVOWv

    EO 21-07 Final_tcm1055-468258.pdf

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