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 SmithWHERE: University of MN, Honeywell Lecture Hall (L-110), Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Avenue South, MinneapolisWHEN: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26WHY: Every year $50 billion is stolen from US workers in unpaid wages, more than losses from burglaries and car theft combined. Wage theft brings many workers’ pay below minimum wage and makes it harder for law-abiding businesses to compete.
Tomorrow, April 20, 2017, the Minnesota Senate will vote on legislation that would steal paid sick days from 150,000 working Minnesotans. This so-called “preemption” bill would take away the ability of city councils across Minnesota to make decisions for our communities; decisions like raising the minimum wage or a paid family leave program.
2017 Saint Paul DFL Endorsement Process:
Your state Representative is debating the GOP Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill right now: a bill that proposes to cut $540 million from our public health care programs.
With less than eight weeks remaining in the 2017 Legislative Session, I wanted to reach out to you all again to be sure you have access to all of the latest information about Governor Dayton’s budget proposal and public works bill.
Word from the CEO: While our busiest time of year is behind us, it’s important to know that MNsure enrolls Minnesotans year-round. If you’re currently without coverage or your life circumstances change, your eligibility to enroll through MNsure might change, too. Enrollment in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance is open year-round.
How the Proposed Budget from the Trump adminstration affects Hardworking FamiliesEliminates funding and ends Community Development Block Grants Programs that helps cities fund such programs as Meals-On-Wheels, fund after school programs, and build parks.End LIHEAP- the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides funds to help elderly people pay monthly heating bills in the winter.End Legal Assistance Services- it would end funding for the Legal Services Corporation, which helps people with their legal issues, such as fighting evictions in court or getting protection from domest
- Hear from union leaders and activists about how to fight back at work and win.
- Network and strategize with local organizers to take on the Trump agenda, budget cuts, greedy corporations, and the right-to-work threat.