A cross-section of Minnesotans, including families dealing with serious medical issues, nurses and people of faith, gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to share their concerns about ongoing threats to health care.
Unions are praising the 2017 Legislature for passing bonding and transportation bills, but express concern about policy actions - some of which were vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton. State workers retained their union contracts and newly won paid parental leave.
Governor Mark Dayton signed state budget bills Tuesday, but vetoed funding for the Minnesota Legislature in an effort to force lawmakers back to the bargaining table to rescind policy measures opposed by many Minnesotans.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO, the labor federation representing unions across the state, joined Education Minnesota in calling on Governor Mark Dayton to veto an education funding bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Other organizations urged Dayton to veto finance bills that included provisions harmful to immigrants and low-wage workers.
The legislation coming out of the special session of the 2017 Legislature is "deeply flawed or explicitly hostile to the interests of Minnesota children and their families," Education Minnesota said Wednesday morning. The union called on Governor Mark Dayton to veto the bills.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced shortly before the curtain closed on the 2017 legislative session that they had reached an overall budget agreement, but it will take a special session to finish the job.
With the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature winding to a close – and little visible progress toward a budget deal between Republican lawmakers and DFL Governor Mark Dayton – hundreds rallied to make sure education is not forgotten.