Minnesota Republicans legislative leaders announced their transportation plan to invest $7 billion in transportation without raising the gas tax. House DFL leader Paul Thissen says it will siphon money from schools and cause the state to face deficits again.
Union organizers are upping the pressure on fast food restaurants to raise their wages by promising a nationwide strike on April 15 – tax day – symbolic because they say employees should be paid at least $15 an hour.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) organizer Brian Merle Payne says about 60,000 workers nationwide will be “out on the streets”. That number includes fast food workers, and workers in other industries that support a $15 an hour base wage.
“There will be strikes on fast food restaurants all over the Twin Cities Metro area,” says Merle Payne. “And they’ll be joined by home health care workers, airport workers, adjunct professors.”
Local organizers have not announced which restaurants will be targeted but say there will be about 10 to 15. A rally is planned for 4:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota followed by a march to the nearby Dinkytown McDonald’s restaurant.
CTUL organizers say college students will join the coast-to-coast protests, with students from more than 170 universities planning campus rallies and marches— including the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and Macalester College.
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Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) is heard saying House Speaker Kurt Daudt is "acting like a dictator" when Daudt ignores very loud calls for a roll call vote on a motion to adjourn.
In a video message directed at Iranians celebrating the new year festival of Nowruz, President Obama said "we have the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries."