As lawmakers finished before the midnight deadline for the end of the regular legislative session, protesters thundered through the Capitol chanting “We got our jobs done, why don’t you?” Government workers represented by AFSCME and MAPE unfurled a huge two-story banner in the Rotunda saying “Tax the Rich. Stop the Cuts.” That banner was quickly confiscated by security after a brief struggle.
Moments before Republican lawmakers stood outside Gov. Mark Dayton’s office and urged him sign the budget bills currently on his desk. But protesters quickly gathered behind the lawmakers with their signs saying “tax the richest 2%” as in Dayton’s plan. Republican Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel repeated “I can’t believe the governor is threatening a shutdown for tax increases.” So a special session is a certainty and government shutdown July 1 is increasingly possible.