Walz fires up teachers rally as deadline looms

KELO Minnesota Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)– Gov. Tim Walz has given a fiery speech to the union Education Minnesota as hundreds of teachers rallied in the state Capitol rotunda.
The Democrat and former high school coach called on the teachers to pressure Senate Republicans to reach a budget deal. He suggested that some of Republicans’ views “fit better in Mississippi and Alabama than they do in Minnesota.”
A frustrated Walz salted a few mild expletives into his brief remarks, saying voters made clear last fall that they want the state to invest in schools, not tax breaks for millionaires.
The governor told them in a hoarse voice, “We’ve got three dozen people that need to hear our voices roar.”
Monday night’s adjournment deadline is looming with no deal in sight, making a special session almost inevitable.

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