Republican Tax Giveaways Turn Surplus into Deficit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2017                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

With today’s forecast showing that Minnesota is facing a $188 million deficit for 2018-19, AFSCME calls on the Legislature to help working people earn a good living and live a good life.

“The Republican majorities put Minnesota in the red by putting big corporations and the wealthy few ahead of everyone else,” says John Westmoreland, executive director of AFSCME Council 5.  “They insisted there wasn’t enough to invest in our health care, our children and tax breaks for the middle class.  They denied medical care to the most vulnerable, but gave away millions to big tobacco, giant corporations and the estates of multi-millionaires.” 

“Republicans left work last session with a big mess and no budget, after taking a 45 percent pay raise for themselves. We call them back to approve a cost-of-living raise for hardworking state employees and to pass a responsible budget that protects Minnesotans from economic downturns and federal cuts.”

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.

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