Monday night, OurFutureMN was a featured presenter at an event talking about K-12 education funding and its impact on school district operations. It’s odd that an organization that isn’t a think tank or that doesn’t specialize in public policy analysis would be invited to an event that was supposed to talk about the impact the school shift has had on school operations.
Based on this article from their website, OurFutureMN is a PR/propagandist organization. Here’s the tipoff:
The Pay Back Our Kids Act would pay back the $2.4 billion Minnesota owes to its kids and schools by closing corporate tax loopholes.
Closing corporate loopholes sounds great but the revenues from that decision will be minimal. They certainly won’t close the gap as quickly as the GOP’s legislation that Gov. Dayton vetoed. That’s the legislation that would’ve paid off $430,000,000 of the school shift.
Also included in Caitlin Rogers’ presentation was “The Community Pledge”:
I commit to supporting elected leaders who invest in Minnesota priorities – great schools, good jobs, and safe, healthy communities with balanced approach budget solutions that responsibly raise revenue. I will urge my elected leaders to adequately fund education, public safety and vital services in our communities by requiring corporations and the richest 1% to pay their fair share.
What do “public safety and vital services in our communities” have to do with education funding? Obviously, they’re important policy issues but they don’t have anything to do with education.
The importance of this pledge is to the DFL, not to education funding. This year, the DFL will run on raising taxes. This pledge was signed by DFL activists. Period. There weren’t any conservatives or independents in the room. If there would’ve been conservatives or independents in the room, they wouldn’t have signed the pledge.
This was intended to be a photo op. Clearly, they wanted to show that raising taxes is gaining support. Raising taxes isn’t gaining support by any stretch of the imagination.
If OurFutureMN wasn’t there to add policy expertise, which they weren’t, then they were there to provide propaganda cover for the DFL.
That makes it a campaign event, not a policy-centered event.