Bishops of the six Minnesota synods — representing 1,145 congregations and more than 800,000 members — visited their House and Senate leaders in St. Paul in March regarding "the toll of the state's budget deficit on the state's poorest citizens," a news release stated.
The state is facing a projected $944 million deficit for the current budget and more than $7 billion for the next biennium.
In a letter, the bishops wrote: "People's lives are at stake. People who care deeply for the well-being of our state reach different solutions. We need now to consider new ways to live and shape our lives together for the common good. It may even be that new ways might involve religious institutions like ours, long involved in caring for people directly."
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