Union workers greeted legislators today with chants of “override” outside the Minnesota House chamber.
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 were anticipating a vote to try to overturn Governor Tim Pawlenty’s recent veto of a $1 billion tax bill. Democrats say the revenue is needed to help erase a $4.6 billion budget deficit and protect schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The Republican governor opposes any tax increase. Union leader Eliot Seide said public employees want a balanced budget solution.
“They want to cut unnecessary spending, like outsourcing and JOBZ,” Seide said. “And they want to raise taxes fairly on those who have the best ability to pay. That’s why we’re here today.”
If all 87 House Democrats stand united, they would need the help of at least three Republicans to override the governor’s veto. House GOP leaders say that won’t happen. The Legislature must adjourn by midnight Monday.