It’s Walz or Wisconsin

Jeff Johnson wants to turn Minnesota into Wisconsin, where attacks on working people have cost jobs and held down wages.

[North Star Policy Institute, Divergent Recoveries, 7/18]

Tim Walz knows people in Minnesota are working hard to get ahead, but too many are still struggling to get by. As Governor, he’ll always be on the side of Minnesota’s working people.

Who shares your values?
Walz & Flanagan vs Johnson

Tim Walz is a high school teacher and football coach. Walz served 24 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as Command Sergeant Major. Tim lives in Mankato with his wife Gwen and their children Hope and Gus.

Peggy Flanagan is state representative and advocate for children and families. Peggy lives in Saint Louis Park with her daughter Siobhan.

Jeff Johnson is a lawyer, Hennepin County Commissioner and former state representative. Johnson ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 2006 and Governor in 2014.
He lives in Plymouth with his wife Sondi and their children, Thor and Rolf.

Jobs & Economy

Walz & Flanagan will keep moving Minnesota forward by creating tens of thousands of family-supporting jobs, raising wages and building an economy that works for every Minnesotan. Walz & Flanagan support increasing the minimum wage to $15 and will protect and expand prevailing wage laws that ensure a family-supporting wage for construction workers. [walzflanagan.org & LIUNA Candidate Questionnaire]

Johnson wants to turn Minnesota into Wisconsin, where attacks on working people have cost jobs and held down wages. Johnson has repeatedly opposed minimum wage increases and has jeopardized tens of thousands of jobs by voting against $1.9 billion in much-needed construction projects. And he championed legislation that could cut construction workers’ pay in half.

[North Star Policy Institute, Divergent Recoveries, 7/18; House Journal 3417, 5/2/05; Star Tribune, 10/12/14; Star Tribune, 12/16/2015; House Journal 6649, 4/12/06; House Journal 8531, 5/20/06; House Journal 7116, 3/14/02; House Journal 7147, 3/18/02; House Journal 8950, 5/19/02; House Journal 617, 6/29/01; & Star Tribune, 9/1/14]

Roads, Bridges & Transportation Infrastructure

Walz & Flanagan will prioritize fixing Minnesota’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure, and they will invest in our water systems, housing and local, renewable energy jobs.
[walzflanagan.org & LIUNA Candidate Questionnaire]

Johnson will prioritize tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy few over investments in our roads, bridges and infrastructure. As a county commissioner and state representative, Johnson repeatedly voted against investments in critical transportation infrastructure, including $107 million for local bridge replacement and improvements to I-35W.

[House Journal 6649, 4/12/06; House Journal 8531, 5/20/06; House Journal 7116, 3/14/02; House Journal 8950, 5/19/02; House Journal 617, 6/29/01; & Hennepin County Board, 2/14/13]

Education

Tim Walz is a 20-year high school teacher and knows what it takes to improve our schools. Walz & Flanagan will fully and equitably fund our schools, support Universal Pre-K for Minnesota kids, and expand technical education to open new career paths

[walzflanagan.org & LIUNA Candidate Questionnaire]

Johnson will make it harder for kids in Minnesota to receive a high-quality education. He voted to cut more than $500 million from our kids’ schools, leading to larger class sizes and less funding for books and supplies for students. Johnson even voted against early childhood education, college, and vocational training, while working to protect loopholes for big corporations and tax breaks for the wealthy few.

[House Fiscal Analysts, 5/28/03; House Journal 144, 1/27/03; & House Journal 3934, 5/11/05]

Healthcare

Walz & Flanagan will make healthcare more affordable and accessible by giving every Minnesotan the option to get coverage through MinnesotaCare.

[walzflanagan.org & LIUNA Candidate Questionnaire] 

Johnson would take away health insurance from hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. His plan could let insurance companies deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. He would force the most vulnerable Minnesotans to pay skyrocketing healthcare costs, while lining the pockets of big insurance companies and the wealthy few.

[JohnsonForGovernor.com, 8/9/18]

Freedom to Join Together in Unions

Walz & Flanagan strongly support workers’ freedom to join together in unions and negotiate a fair return on work so we can provide for our families.

[walzflanagan.org & LIUNA Candidate Questionnaire] 

Johnson said passing so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation is his “#1 priority”. “Right-to-Work” laws would take away Minnesotans’ freedom to join together in unions and depress wages.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin, 10/25/13]

“My plan would be to go all Scott Walker on Minnesota.” — Jeff Johnson [MPR, 7/10/14]

It’s Walz or Wisconsin. Vote Tuesday, November 6th.

Find out where to vote & voting hours at www.mnvotes.org