A Taxing Question For St. Paul: How To Get Nonprofits To Pony Up?

A Taxing Question For St. Paul: How To Get Nonprofits To Pony Up?

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Such talk did not go over well with Rinal Ray, an attorney and deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which is based in St. Paul. Ray wrote an amicus brief in First Baptist Church vs. St. Paul, the case that toppled St. Paul’s ROW program.
 
“We have sympathy for the cities,” Ray said. “They have seen decreasing LGA payments, the property tax is unpopular and they want to provide a high quality of life.”
 
Yet as the Council of Nonprofits amicus brief in the First Baptist case pointed out: “This tax exemption is not by accident; it is constitutionally granted with the recognition that nonprofit organizations contribute so greatly to the fabric of our society that their missions should not be impeded nor their resources depleted by taxation.” 

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