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ST. PAUL – Governor Dayton this week again demonstrated his priorities for the State of Minnesota by vetoing Representative Kathy Lohmer’s (R-Lake Elmo) bill (HF1766) that would have protected child care assistance funds from being diverted to unions.
“Over the past year, I have worked hand-in-hand with child care providers around the state who fear that potential unionization would force them to divert Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funds to mandatory union dues or fees. Or, they fear that, because of the loss of these funds, they will be unable to take CCAP children altogether,” Rep. Lohmer explained. “This legislation would have protected money that is meant for the well-being of our state’s children, not union coffers.”
The governor’s veto comes on the heels of an April 6 ruling by Ramsey County Court Judge Dale Lindeman that Governor Dayton exceeded his authority in ordering a union election for certain in-home child care providers at the behest of AFSCME and SEIU. The judge also awarded attorneys fees and reasonable costs to the plaintiffs. “The fees awarded to the plaintiffs are just another indication of the governor’s overreach,” Rep. Lohmer added. “It is confirmation that lawmaking is a function solely entrusted to the Minnesota Legislature.”
“Although Governor Dayton’s actions were ruled unconstitutional, it is safe to say that the future remains uncertain for these privately owned and operated businesses,” Rep. Lohmer explained. “I am confident for the moment, but simply put: the governor could attempt to exert his authority in other ways over the next two years he is in office, and my legislation would have created protections should that happen. Looking ahead, Minnesotans need to send a clear, resounding message that we need to protect our private business owners from a union takeover.”
Representative Kathy Lohmer can be reached at 651.296.4244, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via U.S. Mail at 521 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.
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