MSA to discuss how to use money from tax abatement

It will also hold elections for several vacant positions.

Cody Nelson

The Minnesota Student Association will discuss how to use money from a recent tax abatement at its Tuesday meeting.

The last two MSA administrations didn’t file taxes, which resulted in fines for the current administration. MSA requested and received an abatement for all of the fines they originally paid, which totaled around $12,000, said MSA Speaker of the Forum Sophie Wallerstedt.

Reimbursement of these fines was not planned in the MSA budget, so members will discuss how to use this extra money at Tuesday’s meeting.

MSA will also hold elections for multiple empty positions at its Tuesday meeting.

Elections will be held for a new director of the Student Outreach and Engagement Committee, five at-large representative positions and a new ranking at-large representative.

The new ranking at-large representative will be chosen from current representatives and will serve on the MSA executive board.

The openings were caused by former members graduating, leaving the University of Minnesota or studying abroad this semester.

  “I don’t think anyone is leaving because they don’t want to be a part of the MSA anymore,” Wallerstedt said.

Other items to be discussed at the Tuesday forum include a recap of the Big Ten Students Winter Conference and a request to increase the budget for a winter leadership reception.

MSA will also vote on changes to voting requirements for all-campus elections, which are expected to pass.