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Minnesota workers rally in solidarity with Wisconsin

Minnesotans filled their State Capitol to express support for workers rallying in Wisconsin’s State Capitol.  It was one of the largest gatherings in memory in the state’s seat of government with three floors of the ornate building packed.  “You’re damn right we do the work and we do it better than anyone else!” shouted AFSCME’s exuberant Eliot Seide.  The crowd greeted DFL Governor Mark Dayton with impassioned screams.  Dayton said “We don’t need to be Wisconsin because their extreme measures won’t become law here because I’m here.”  The first Democratic Minnesota governor in decades repeated the refrain that anti-union legislation won’t become law “because I’m here.”   

Meanwhile Republican Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville) said “I’m disappointed that Gov. Mark Dayton decided to attend a rally focused on the budget battles in Wisconsin.  Gov. Dayton said in his State of the State Address that Minnesota is in a ‘fiscal crisis,’ yet rather than spending his time working with legislative leaders on solutions to Minnesota’s ‘crisis,’ he’s involving himself in the budget battle in Wisconsin.  He has chosen to support Wisconsin teachers who are feigning illness and deserting their students in order to attend partisan political rallies.”

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