“A Report Card is Coming, and (GOP Freshmen) Won’t be Coming Back” By Jacob Wheeler | July 7, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Click Picture To View Video Click Picture To View VideoAt the “Downeyville” rally on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday, Saint Paul Councilmember Melvin Carter fired up the crowd by telling workers that, just like in school, there’s a report card coming, and if the Republican freshmen in the state house and senate don’t get to work, they won’t be coming back. Several thousand members of AFSCME and MAPE were rallying to protest the public-sector workers who will be unemployed under a government shutdown, to protest the Republican Party’s all-cuts budget, and to commend Governor Mark Dayton for fighting to increase taxes on Minnesota millionaires. The organizers called their rally “Downeyville” — after the state representative from Edina who would wipe out the jobs of 5,000 state employees and eliminate the collective bargaining rights of all state employees and public school teachers in Minnesota. Watch the full video here: Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.