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Rep. Steve (the “Draz”) Drazkowski to speak at Uof M on Right to Work Amendment: Noon Oct. 27th

The Student Employment and Labor Law Association (SELLA) at the U of M Law School is hosting a lunchtime panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 27th, in Auerbach Commons, on the topic of right-to-work legislation. The specific focus is likely to be on the proposed right-to-work constitutional amendment which stalled in the Minnesota legislature this past summer.

The event is co-sponsored by the Federalist Society. Here is the link to the National Right to Work foundation in DC. Educate yourself so you can help the upcoming debate in Minnesota. This is a basic liberty issue for employees and employers.

Confirmed speakers include Justin Cummins (Miller O’Brien Cummins); Rick Ross (Fredrikson & Byron); Bernie Hesse (UFCW); Representative Steve Drazkowski along with Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Distrct 28B Mazeppa)  . Here is the flier. This could be a lot of fun!

As with all student events, do not plan on getting any food! Eat before or after the event (you may be lucky enough to snag a slice of pizza). Parking is tricky, too. Here are parking and directions . 





Tax Freedom Day Song: How Will You Celebrate?

Tax Cut Rally

Our good friends at the Tax Foundation have a fun music video with a songTax Freedom Day.”

We would love to produce these kinds of fun videos here in Minnesota. If you have any talent to lend in that department, let us know!

There are Tea Party events all weekend–an amazing one tonight (indoors!! where it is WARM) with Bill Whittle and Ernest Istook followed by a rally at the Capitol tomorrow—you can get all the details here.

I’ll be up at the Tea Party in Princeton tomorrow talking about public unions/collective bargaining and pensions. And of course, it is cold and windy!

Rasmussen Poll: 48% Back Governor in Wisconsin, 38% Side With Unions

According to a Rasmussen Poll, almost half of the folks surveyed via telephone were sympathetic to Governor Walker in Wisconsin.  The GOP had a hat trick last fall, taking both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office.

In case you missed the fuss: “In an effort to close the state’s sizable budget deficit, Walker is proposing to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees including teachers on everything but wage issues. He is excluding public safety workers such as policemen and firemen from his plan.”

Where is Minnesota’s leadership? According to Politics in Minnesota this morning: “ON WISCONSIN: Both Koch and her House counterpart Matt Dean were somewhat restrained Friday when pressed for their thoughts on the protests going on across the border in Madison. Dean said Minnesota’s situation is different, with different laws and different proposals. On a proposed right to work constitutional amendment, Dean would only say it’s moving through the committee process, but he and Koch both stopped short of saying they’d support such a move. They did say, however, that public employees, their benefits and salaries will be part of a budget solution.”

We note that New York’s new Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned public employee unions that he expects painful concessions to get the state’s fiscal house in order. It will be interesting to see if New York erupts like Wisconsin–or if much of the work will be done behind closed doors.

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