Community forum on ‘honest tax reform’ April 4 in Woodbury

NoGimmicksForumA forum and panel discussion in Woodbury April 4 will demonstrate “the need for the Minnesota Legislature to make reforms that stop the cycle of recurring deficits, and instead establish a structurally sound budget now and in the future.”

Sponsored by River Valley Action, the forum will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodbury-Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road.

Three brief presentations by tax policy experts – Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue Myron Frans; Jeff Van Wychen of Minnesota 2020; and Sean Kershaw, executive director of the Citizens League – will open the forum. After the speakers explore the history of recent budgeting gimmicks, tax loopholes and the need for adequate revenue, Dane Smith, director of the think tank Growth and Justice, will moderate a panel discussion, featuring questions from the audience.

Following the forum, River Valley Action will provide information to assist audience members in influencing lawmakers in their decisions on the current budget.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

River Valley Action is a group of citizens of Washington County who value a healthy and informed civic community. Learn more at

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