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ABC Impact: Making Government Work for Working Families

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system. Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.

Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.

ABC turns pocket change into big change for working families by fighting for:

Tomorrow, April 20, 2017, the Minnesota Senate will vote on legislation that would steal paid sick days from 150,000 working Minnesotans. This so-called “preemption” bill would take away the ability of city councils across Minnesota to make decisions for our communities; decisions like raising the minimum wage or a paid family leave program. Your Senator needs to hear from you now!

2017 Saint Paul DFL Endorsement Process:

·        All endorsement events (caucuses or conventions) will be held on the weekend, because that’s when we heard people were available.

·        Caucuses and Ward Conventions will be held at the same event, so you don’t need to block off two days for this part– just one!

With less than eight weeks remaining in the 2017 Legislative Session, I wanted to reach out to you all again to be sure you have access to all of the latest information about Governor Dayton’s budget proposal and public works bill. Links to all of our updated fact sheets about the budget and bonding proposals are included below, and reflect both the revised February Budget Forecast and the Governor’s supplemental budget recommendations.

Word from the CEO:  While our busiest time of year is behind us, it’s important to know that MNsure enrolls Minnesotans year-round. If you’re currently without coverage or your life circumstances change, your eligibility to enroll through MNsure might change, too.  Enrollment in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance is open year-round.

How the Proposed Budget from the Trump adminstration affects Hardworking Families

Eliminates funding and ends Community Development Block Grants Programs that helps cities fund such programs as Meals-On-Wheels, fund after school programs, and build parks.

End LIHEAP- the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides funds to help elderly people pay monthly heating bills in the winter.

From goodjobsfirst.org, 3/8/17:  More than half of the nation’s 50 biggest cities and counties still fail to disclose online even the names of the companies receiving property tax abatements or other costly economic development incentives. Even fewer report incentive-deal outcomes: Only 13 of the 50 localities disclose the number of actual jobs created by one of their key incentive programs.  Read more here.

We need members to be alert and know that Big Money Groups are trying to take away paid sick days, a higher minimum wage, and local control.

People shouldn't have to worry about whether they can take time off to care for a child or themselves if sick.

Big business and the MN Grocers Association are pushing for a statewide ban on cities, enacting paid sick days or higher minimum wages.

We need to stop this now!

Call Governor Dayton's office at 651.201.3400 or 800.657.3717 and ask him to VETO any bill that restricts Local Control.

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