Freeway banner drop protests Republican budget cuts

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The Senate budget bill passed last week “is as bad as Madison, but people just don’t know about it,” said Julie Nerbonne, as she held a banner over Interstate 94 on a cold Monday morning. Clean water, strong schools, healthy cities—that was the message for a half-dozen determined Minneapolitans who braved the rain and snow to hang banners during the 7-8:30 a.m. rush hour. According to Nerbonne, they were part of an ad hoc group from Senate District 62 that came together in opposition to the Republican budget passed by the Senate last week. [Video below]

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Senator Patricia Torres Ray and Representative Jim Davnie were part of the group of 25-30 people who created the banners on Saturday, said Nerbonne, who is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. The group plans to repeat the banner drop at the pedestrian bridge at 22nd Avenue and South 9th Street in Minneapolis (near the Cedars 94 apartments) during Monday afternoon’s rush hour, and again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some people at Saturday’s sign-making told her they will also banner every Monday for the next six weeks, as the legislature continues in session. 

Carol Engelhart, a nurse, said that she is “standing up for Governor Dayton” by saying no to drastic budget cuts.

The budget issue, said Nerbonne is “a basic moral issue of willingness to pay for the world we want to have.”

 

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