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The following is a statement on the February budget forecast from AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director John Westmoreland:

“Though today’s revenue forecast is good news for this year, it indicates that the economy may be slowing down. This forecast presents us with a choice: should we cut corners and restrict services, or raise the revenue needed to provide the outcomes Minnesotans expect and deserve? For AFSCME Council 5, the answer is clear. We need to resist fear and invest in what makes our state great – our neighbors.

AFSCME Council 5 is excited about the investments outlined in Governor Tim Walz’ budget proposal. We strongly support his plan to invest in crucial programs and create new revenue sources for public services.

AFSCME looks forward to working alongside Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan and those serving in the Minnesota Legislature to advance our vision of One Minnesota that’s built around shared values so that every kid has the opportunity to thrive, nobody has to choose between paying the rent or paying for medicine, and the communities where we work and live can prosper.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Contact: Trisha Harms, 651-287-0558, [email protected]

AFSCME Council 5 is proud to endorse Stu Lourey for Minnesota State Senate in the special election in Senate District 11, which will take place on Feb. 5, 2019.