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Coalition for a People's Bail Out Slams Pawlenty’s Budget

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January 29, 2009
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St Paul, MN - Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bail Out organized a picket line at the Minnesota Department of Revenue Building, where Governor Pawlenty proposed his plan to address the $5.2 billion budget deficit, Jan. 27.

Deb Konechne, a spokesperson for the Coalition said, “Governor Pawlenty proposes balancing the budget on the backs of poor and working people. He wants to cut services, like health care for working-class Minnesotans and turns around and proposes tax cuts for corporations. We will fight his proposal every step of the way.”

The Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bail Out brings together union members, welfare rights organizations, community, tenant and anti-war groups.

The Coalition is promoting a People's Bailout Bill that includes:

    * Extension of Unemployment Insurance for additional 13 weeks,
    * Expansion of eligibility for Unemployment Insurance,
    * A jobs creation program,
    * Moratorium on the five-year limit on welfare,
    * Moratorium on housing foreclosures,
    * Moratorium on evictions from foreclosed housing, and a
    * Moratorium on layoffs of state and University of Minnesota workers

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