Senator Gazelka says Walz’s actions are “insulting” to jobless Minnesotans

“Besides insulting jobless Minnesotans, the looming budget deficit in 2021 is another strong reason to call off the legal analysis and instead bring the parties back to the bargaining table to ask everyone, including state employees, to share in the sacrifice necessary to get us through this crisis,”

Image From Senator Gazelka's Twitter
Image From Senator Gazelka's Twitter

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said that the decision to give Government employees a raise would be insulting to the unemployed.

Governor Walz went through with his decision to give many government employees raises in July. 

Senator Gazelka had said that the parties involved should “go back to the bargaining table” to get through the Covid-19 crisis. Gazelka stated that the projected 2021 budget deficit, along with the fact that there are 12 unemployed Minnesotans for every one state employee who would receive a raise, leaves no room for a reasonable person to give the raise.

“Besides insulting jobless Minnesotans, the looming budget deficit in 2021 is another strong reason to call off the legal analysis and instead bring the parties back to the bargaining table to ask everyone, including state employees, to share in the sacrifice necessary to get us through this crisis,” said Paul Gazelka.

In 2021 Minnesota faces a $2.4 billion deficit, a massive change from the $1.5 billion surplus projected in December 2019. Gazelka said that the raises would cost many government employees their jobs, and taxpayers hundreds of millions.