"We need to pay pack the debt we owe our schools," agreed Julie Bleyhl, legislative director for AFSCME Council 5.
"We have a backlog of funding problems that past legislatures haven't dealt with and have put off," she
said, noting that track record puts an extra burden on the incoming legislature.
"We have a structural deficit.
We need to fix that."
"We also want to make sure that revenue is raised in a fair way and those that can afford - the millionaires - pay their fair share as well," Bleyhl
"We pride ourselves in Minnesota with our schools, our higher education, our transportation systems, our health care, and we need to continue to make investments to assure we not only stay competitive but we succeed," she
"The change with the majority party provides an opportunity to do positive things for Minnesotans, for working families, to improve the economy, and to improve public services and programs in the state," Bleyhl
"Union members and working families need to continue to communicate with their legislators and their co-workers," Bleyhl