During this time of economic crisis and fiscal austerity, every Minnesota citizen and layer of government is impacted negatively by present federal priorities that privilege spending for the military and war.
- Minnesota taxpayer spending for war far exceeds the state’s budget deficit.
- Minnesota’s $5 billion 2-year budget shortfall has resulted in many cities and communities laying off police, firefighters, teachers and other essential employees, to cuts in basic services, and to budget gimmicks that push the crisis onto local governments and the poor.
- Minnesotans will spend $8.4 billion over the next two years for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Minnesotans will spend an additional $26 billion for our share of the base Defense Budget of the Federal government.
MN ASAP’s resolution urges Minnesota members of the U.S. Congress and the President to shift federal spending priorities from war and the interests of the few, to meeting the essential needs of all.
Jimmy Carter mentions the military budget during a talk at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum sponsored by Augsburg College in Minneapolis, March 6, 2015, saying that the country is preparing, with President Obama's approval, to spend a trillion dollars on defense. And, during the Question and Answer period afterward, he noted that the reason we weren't focusing on solving social problems is we give so much money to the military ...
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