Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Minnesota Republicans use Walker’s clichéd by-the-book conservatism, and RTW, against him! Luring businesses away…

This is never a good headline if you’re a Wisconsin Republican:
"With right-to-work poised to pass, Minnesota Republicans target Wisconsin businesses."
Watching our GOP majority follow Scott Walker over the cliff on right-to-work, and lying through their teeth about rising wages and union membership, was apparently too much of a good thing for Minnesota Republicans to pass up. Cap Times-Jessie Opoien:
He's a Republican alright...
Minnesota Rep. Pat Garofalo, the Republican chairman of the Minnesota House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee, sent letters this week to two Wisconsin businesses, Hoffman Construction and Rock Road Companies, Inc., offering assistance in relocating their headquarters to Minnesota. The letters went to both union contractors who privately contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers.
How do Republicans really feel about right-to-work?
"Wisconsin's right-to-work legislation would negatively impact the private contracts between these companies and the unions they have voluntarily decided to partner with," Garofalo said in a statement. "It's heavy-handed and wrong for Wisconsin to inject government into these private contractual relationships that has worked well for private companies for decades."

In the letter to Rock Road President Bill Kennedy, Garofalo wrote that many Republicans in Minnesota believe such a law interferes with a business's right to set terms and conditions of employment in the workplace. "That Republicans in Wisconsin would inject the heavy hand of government into this relationship is regrettable and quite inconsistent with the principles of free enterprise and limited government."

Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, in a statement said, "That top Minnesota elected Republicans are actively trying to steal our businesses shows the disaster caused in Wisconsin by Scott Walker's failed policies and AWOL leadership.


  1. Garafalo is the ALEC state co-chair in Minnesota. I fear he doth protest too much. Before the session began - Michael Brodkorb, past Republican spokesperson said that Right-to-Work-for Less was top on the agenda for Minnesota Republicans. Since ERW is ALEC - & so is Garafalo - he'd be would be part of it
    Yes, I acknowledge we have a Dem Senate and Guv - for now - but that doesn't mean ALEC Republicans won't at least intro it just before the session ends.

    Just a thought.

  2. Very interesting. I will keep an eye on that. Thanks.