By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Tuesday morning, a group of Minnesota clergy members urged lawmakers to pass what they call a “fair share” budget.

They say a budget surplus and federal COVID-19 relief dollars should be used to help families hit hardest by the pandemic, asking lawmakers to make investments in small towns.

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They called on the richest Minnesotans to pay their fair share to help those in need.

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“We can actually right this system and make it possible for every single family — no matter what ZIP Code they’re in, no matter what they look like, no matter how they pray, no matter what language they speak — to thrive and survive,” Minister JaNaé Bates said.

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The legislature has seven weeks in the session to finalize a two-year budget. Republicans have said they will not commit to raising taxes of any kind.