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ABC Impact: Making Government Work for Working Families

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system. Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.

Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.

ABC turns pocket change into big change for working families by fighting for:

From MN House of Representatives, 5/26/17:  Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.  Legislators finished a tax bill that includes extended bar close times for next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, an omnibus education bill that includes $483 million in new money, and a transportation bill with $300 million in new General Fund dollars.

From minnpost.com, 5/26/17:  President Lyndon Johnson declared food stamps to “be one of our most valuable weapons for the war on poverty” when he signed The Food Stamps Act of 1964. Unfortunately, that fight persists with one in 10 Minnesotans lacking enough food to feed themselves and their families. These hungry Minnesotans go to school with our kids, live down the street and work at many of the places we frequent daily.

It’s official.  After repeatedly saying that he will make NAFTA “a lot better” or scrap the deal, Donald Trump just officially informed Congress he plans to renegotiate this notoriously disastrous trade pact with Canada and Mexico.  Of course, Trump hasn’t exactly been true to his word on much of anything.  He uses grandiose proclamations about creating jobs and a new trade policy to distract Minnesotans from his daily disasters. And then he doesn’t deliver.  

The White House just gave Congress official notice of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — and, already, corporations are trying dictate how NAFTA is rewritten, further padding their pockets at the expense of working families, public health and the environment.

Last week, Republican legislative leadership slipped in bad language into the Judiciary/Public Safety Omnibus Bill, SF803, with no public testimony. This language would slam the door on immigrant Driver’s Licenses. It would prohibit the Commissioner of Public Safety from changing the rule – adopted under Gov. Pawlenty – that stripped the ability of immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses without regard to immigration status.   Speaker Daudt was on the radio over the weekend saying they did this to clean up the REAL ID bill and clear it for passage this week.

From minnpost.com, 5/5/17:  The word on everyone’s lips at the Minnesota Capitol these days: “engagement.”  All week, Republican legislators have been using committee hearings to rail against the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton, claiming the state’s chief executive hadn’t been engaged in the every-other-year process of setting the state budget.  Dayton’s administration fired back with some stats.

WHAT: Wage Theft Crisis in MN Roundtable with workers, community members & Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

WHERE: University of MN, Honeywell Lecture Hall (L-110), Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

WHEN: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26

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