Posted at 10:00 AM on July 6, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Good thing the weather is fine today, because at least two groups will be heading outside to protest the government shutdown and stalled budget negotiations.
At 9:45 a.m., local labor, environmental and community leaders will gather underneath the Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul to voice their opposition to the shutdown and their support for a "budget that will create good jobs and position Minnesota's economy to compete in the 21st century economy," according to a press release.
The line-up of speakers features Tarryl Clark, co-chair of Jobs21!, the group sponsoring the event, and candidate for the 8th district congressional seat.
Later in the day, local members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, the state's two largest state employee unions, will protest the Republican's budget on the steps of the Capitol.
The rally starts at 4:30 p.m., and the plan, according to a press release, is to set up an unemployed town called "Downeyville."
The press release explains that the town will be named after Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina, who the groups say wants to cut state employee jobs and eliminate their collective bargaining rights.
This is asinine. This shutdown is costing millions and before long it will reach the billion dollars that is separating them from shutting down in the first place.