Opponents say the Energy and Jobs bill isn't really a jobs bill — it's a bad energy bill that allows Enbridge to put a pipeline wherever it wants to in Minnesota without consulting the public or the tribes.
Cutting health care, eliminating safe and sick time and frightening undocumented workers in Minnesota are all just plain mean, say Minnesota religious leaders.
“We are concerned that there has been a culture of meanness created at the federal level — a federal level where one party controls every single branch of government and continues to be stuck. In Minnesota, we have to do better,” said Rev. Grant Stevensen at a Thursday press conference. Stevensen and other religious leaders from ISAIAH also preached against bills on the verge of passing in the Minnesota legislature.
Rev. Paul Slack said the Minnesota budget bill is a moral document “that states our values clearly in terms of the direction we are taking our state.” He said that proposed cuts to programs that help the poor in a time of plenty were not moral. There are cuts of $599 million in the Health and Human Services bill, and “that’s tragic,” said Slack. “this kind of massive cut threatens the care for over 1.2 million Minnesotans who are on medical assistance and Minnesota Care.” He said that the cuts which are targeted at families with children are “the worst kind of cuts possible.”
Rev. Eric Hoffer threw his support behind opening up Minnesota Care for all who choose to buy into it, something that Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed. “I believe it is a fundamental God-given right to receive stable and affordable person-centered health care. And everyone deserves this. Especially children, seniors and people with particular health concerns.
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Respect is needed says Minnesota House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman who isn't ready to play cards yet with her Republican detractors.
House Majority Leader says both parties, both genders guilty of not listening to House floor debate. "At some point there's not a lot of new issues, it's just new stories about how a certain thing impacts them," says Rep. Joyce Peppin.