SEIU applauds Governor Dayton for responsible and fair budget proposal
St. Paul, MN – Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are applauding Governor Mark Dayton today for his honest approach to a fair and balanced budget after decades of a broken system.
“For too long, the system has been rigged to benefit elite corporations and the wealthy,” said Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare. “Our state’s budget has been wildly unbalanced, giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations while our schools and seniors are forced to endure more and more cuts. Elite corporations and the wealthy must pay their fair share to make the crucial investments in education and care for our seniors.”
“This budget finally strikes a balance in our state which will allow us to invest in our priorities,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. “The 1% continues to make its wea
lth off the backs of working families, locking people out of the middle class. We need to pay workers living wages so they can support their families. I am proud this budget puts an emphasis on rebuilding the middle class and investing in our communities.
“I am pleased to see Governor Dayton recognize the sacrifices our children have been forced to make,” said Carol Nieters, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284. “Investments in education – from early education through college – are critical to helping our state move forward. We look forward to talking with legislators about the need for a general education levy to solve the problems of investing in our children’s education. A child’s opportunity for a quality education should not be dependent on where a child lives.”
“The Governor’s plan is a fair one,” continued Gulley. “As the population ages, programs for the elderly continue to be cut. Investments in healthcare for seniors now will help us address the looming workforce crisis. We need to invest in workers through better wages and benefits to improve the quality of care for our seniors. We are all concerned about providing care and dignity to our seniors, and investing in better care now will help keep seniors out of nursing homes and save the state money down the road.”
SEIU supports the Governor’s responsible and fair plan, and thanks him for this critical first step in getting our economy back on track. With a renewed emphasis on our state’s priorities like education and care for our seniors, Minnesota will be able to strengthen the state’s economy, restore fairness and invest in a brighter future.
SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.