Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Minnesota Republicans Look To Gain From Walker's RTW Folly

Wisconsin and Minnesota have a long, storied tradition of being border rivals. Whether its Badgers versus Gophers or Packers versus Vikings, people of both states look forward to finding bragging rights over their next door neighbor.

Increasingly over the past few years, Minnesota has been kicking Wisconsin's butt on almost every economic measure. Minnesota has lower unemployment, higher wages and a better gross domestic product.

With Scott Walker poised to ram Right To Woe down Wisconsin's collective throat, the gap between the two states are about to grow even bigger as Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo, a Republican, seeks to capitalize on Walker's folly:
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 offering assistance in relocating their headquarters to Minnesota.

The letters went to Hoffman Construction and Rock Road Companies, Inc., both union contractors who privately contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Owners of both businesses testified against the Wisconsin Legislature's fast-tracked right-to-work bill in public hearings before lawmakers.

"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 the 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," Garofalo wrote in the letter.
One would expect Democrats to make hay out of Walker's blunders, but when even his fellow Republicans have stopped taking him seriously and start to capitalize off of his mistakes, you know it's not looking good for Walker's presidential aspirations.

It's also a bad sign that Walker hasn't figured out that when you're in a hole, you should stop digging.


  1. capper, thanks.

    98-second video of Ronald Reagan saying no "freedom," without "collective bargaining."

    "These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland, the values that have inspired other dissidents under communist domination, who have been willing to go into the gulag and suffer the torture of imprisonment, because of their dissidence. They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost... They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here, or it will not be passed on to our children and it will disappear everywhere in the world. Today, the workers in Poland are showing a new generation how high is the price of freedom, but also how much, it is worth that price. I want more than anything I've ever wanted, to have an administration that will through its actions, at home and in the international arena, let millions of people know, that Miss Liberty, still lifts her lamp beside the golden door."


  2. Obviously MN republicans aren't the same breed as WI republicans.

  3. I see Badger Meter in Brown Deere is staying there instead of moving to Mexico because RTW came to Wis. I'll be waiting for cappers follow up story on Hoffman Construction moving to MN to pay higher taxes.

    1. You really beLIEve that, don't you? The GOP couldn't survive without SUCKERS like you

    2. No need to get nasty just because we disagree with him, it lowers the standards Badger Meter won,t move to Mexico they will move Mexico here.

    3. No, that trolling loser deserves it. Especially being that he's the type of trash that enables this type of degrading of the working class to happen.

      He doesn't have the guts to listen to facts anyway , so why not clown the idiot. He won't get it till his mediocre self gets laid off and his lame "low-tax" community in the 262 becomes a ghost town

  4. It's Brown Deer you idiot. Geez, at least spell the name of the city correct if you are going to troll. Just shows the end result of that private school education The Right Side received so many years ago.

    BTW, Badger Meter was NEVER going to move to Mexico. I hear they are looking to move to Minnesota b/c of the much better educational system and more highly skilled labor force there.