Attached please find the requests that ACM is making of Governor Walz, the Department of Revenue and the Gambling Control Board to help licensed gaming organizations make it through this difficult time.
I have been hearing from members and others that now is the time to be asking for much needed tax reform of charitable gaming. I certainly understand and appreciate that sentiment.
Nobody has been clearer in regards to needing tax reform for charities than ACM these past five years. One needs to look no farther back than my obituary of charitable gaming back in 2017 when we first paid the state more than we had for our community and missions.
We have tried to rally support for tax reform from the state and additional reforms from everyone that garnered income from charities. We foretold of what would happen if charitable gaming ceased to exist, it would cease to exist for everyone involved, not just the charities. I tried to get those profiting from us to understand that 15%/20%/25%/27% of something is a whole lot better than 15%/20%/31%/36% of nothing.
Up until a couple of weeks ago I thought that we were well positioned for much needed tax relief. A surplus of $1.5 billion was in our favor. The Senate was a supporter and I thought that if we made it to the Governor’s desk that he would not veto the tax bill because of our inclusion.
That has now all changed. If it hasn’t already, the surplus will become a deficit. Governor Walz and our legislators are making decisions that everyone hopes will shorten the duration of the virus and help those with the greatest needs, but those choices almost always come with a cost. We need to support our leaders during these trying times. Now is not the time to second guess their decisions or arm chair quarterback.
Now is not the time for us to be asking the state for tax reform for charitable gaming. Now is the time for us to be coming together and doing what we can to help everyone get through this as soon as possible. I have heard of great things that charities are doing to help their communities in this time of crisis. An example is the Osseo Lions who donated funds to help keep meals being delivered to seniors in need. We have always been a shining example of helping others when the need arises and we need to continue that example today. Asking for tax relief at this point in time would only bolster what our most vocal opponents accuse us of being, greedy and self serving.
When this is over and some resemblance of normalcy returns, ACM will again be front and center in the fight for reform for charities. At that time if everyone comes together we will get much needed reform from the state and others that will help ensure our ability to serve our missions and communities for years to come. I am going to cling to the belief that something good will come out of this for charities.
God Bless,Request for Relief 03262020.pdf