Jensen, Senate Let Us Down

The 2020 Regular Legislative Session is officially over. Senate Republicans have completely let us down by never bringing the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers to the Senate floor.

We had hopes Sen. Scott Jensen would do it, but ultimately he appeared to care more about protecting his colleagues than doing what was right for Minnesota. Add him to the growing list of fake champions up at the Capitol who are all talk!

The House Democrats are no better. While hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are out of work, they protected Walz' Illegal Emergency Powers while giving pay raises to government employees. 

So now we have no legislature in session and a Governor who is unilaterally making laws that hurt our families and our businesses. There's talk around the Capitol that he might use these powers to change how our elections are conducted this fall. 

We've also learned that our radical Attorney General Keith Ellison is harassing private business owners who want to open back up. An owner of multiple bar/restaurants in Stearns County is facing a $25k fine if he opens his doors. 

Did you hear about Axel's Bonfire and Pazzaluna permanently closing? Restaurants and bars are faced with a choice: defy the Governor's orders or go out of business.

How is this America anymore?!

We're not giving up on this important fight to End Walz' Emergency Powers. There's no bigger political issue of our lifetime. Failure is NOT an option.

Action 4 Liberty is going city by city across Minnesota nullifying Walz' illegal orders by passing the "Liberate Our City" resolutions. We've already started building in communities like Albertville, Maple Grove, Blooming Prairie, Shakopee and East Bethel.

Tonight, Albertville city councilman Walter Hudson will be introducing the "Liberate Albertville" Resolution in the council meeting. 

If passed, these resolutions create legal cover for businesses to defy the Governor's orders because they instruct city staff and employees that no city resources, including law enforcement, can be used to violate the rights of citizens by enforcing the Governor's illegal orders.

Since politicians at the Capitol have failed us, it's time to get the work done at the local level.

Our mission at Action 4 Liberty is to preserve liberty for the next generation. Stay tuned as we continue this important work to End Walz' Emergency Powers.

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Bonfire Restaurant Permanently Closes Doors

Bonfire Restaurants, a popular chain throughout the metro area, just announced that they are permanently closing doors, citing the uncertain business environment during the COVID pandemic.

Here's the message from the owners on the company's website:


Final Countdown - Politicians Making Deal on Debt Bill for Extending Walz' Powers

We're under 72 hours left of the 2020 Legislative Session and the chances of terminating Walz' Emergency Powers are deteriorating because some Republican legislators are more concerned about passing a large debt bill than opening all of Minnesota. Rep Jeremy Munson and members of the New House Republican Caucus have brought a vote to the House floor twice on the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers, but the Senate Republicans refuse to do the same in their chamber. Republicans have a three person majority and could pass it immediately.

Action 4 Liberty has discussed the resolution with several Republican state senators and all of them have told us that senate "leadership" does not support it. Instead, Sen Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) put energy into a fake open bill that would require the Governor's signature (the Munson Resolution only requires the Legislature). Gazelka continues to tell the press that a large debt bill (aka bonding bill) will be a priority of the legislature before the session ends. 

The Senate Republicans appear to be blind to the gloomy fiscal realities in Minnesota. Last week we learned that the state is projected to run a $2.4 Billion budget deficit in the next year, so a debt bill at this point would be fiscally irresponsible.

Even more concerning is the tone deaf Democrat majority in the Minnesota House. On Wednesday they passed a bill that gave state employees pay raises while the private sector is experiencing catastrophe. The pay raise bill would add another $440 Million cost to Minnesota taxpayers. While all Republicans in the House are now on board to Ending Walz' Emergency Powers, not a single Democrat voted for it.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Spectacle Lake) has made numerous statements lately that House Republicans won't help pass a bonding bill unless Walz' powers are terminated. Democrats need six Republicans on board in order to hit the required 60% needed for a debt bill's passage. Sources at the Capitol tell us that Daudt is cutting a deal behind the scenes with Democrat leadership to deliver the six votes needed. Most likely, the bargaining chip will be some pork projects that help Republican members. Daudt may also ask Democrat leadership to drop the ethics investigation into his employment with a D.C. lobbying firm.

Action 4 Liberty continues to call for an end to Walz' Emergency Powers. Passing a debt bill is not a valid compromise for the pain and suffering business owners and families across Minnesota are feeling. SIGN THE PETITION!


New House Republican Caucus Responds to Walz' Extension

St. Paul – The members of the New House Republican Caucus (NHRC) released the following statement regarding Governor Tim Walz’s decision to extend the peacetime emergency declaration:  

“Governor Walz’s decision to extend the peacetime emergency order is foolhardy, dictatorial, and self-centered. The emergency declaration is the mechanism which gives the governor the ability to issue his executive edicts. However, the governor knows that his executive orders no longer enjoy the consent of the governed. As such, the governor announced that the stay-at-home order will expire on schedule, and businesses will be permitted to operate in an extremely limited capacity. Clearly, the governor still believes he has the almighty authority to suspend our God-given rights. But instead of going full speed in the wrong direction, Governor Walz has now opted to go half-speed in the wrong direction. 

Moreover, a majority of Minnesota legislators are complicit in allowing the governor to maintain total control. The legislature could cancel the peacetime emergency order and end the economic shutdown today. Our caucus has led the effort to stop this governor’s unconstitutional actions by moving to end his peacetime emergency declaration. Instead, every single member of the Democrat majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives has repeatedly voted to give up their election certificates and authority to the governor. Those legislators have brought shame upon themselves that the history books will record. They have surrendered their seats to the governor’s office, and Governor Walz seems to enjoy nothing more than accumulating power. 

So far, the most impactful thing Governor Walz has done during his tenure as our state’s executive is create a devastating recession. Proportionally, Minnesota has suffered twice the amount of COVID-19 deaths and twice the amount of unemployment as free states. That is not a record which demonstrates leadership, thoughtfulness, or capability. In the interest of five and half million Minnesotans, it is time for Governor Walz to admit his huge failure and end his destructive shutdown in its entirety. We are beginning to hit the rocks and the ship is breaking up.” 

The NHRC is led by Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa). It includes Rep. Cal Bahr (Republican-East Bethel), Rep. Tim Miller (Republican-Prinsburg), and Rep. Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal).

House Democrats Up Pay for Gov't Employees While Private Sector Suffers

House Democrats voted for a bill (HF2768) yesterday that gives government employees in Minnesota a pay increase while the private sector is seeing unprecedented job losses and a contracting economy. The bill covers salaries of employees in the state's various agencies, including  pay increases for those in Universities.

The 74-60 vote did not receive any Republican support and one Democrat, Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), voted with the Republicans against the bill. 

Many accuse House Democrats like Brad Tabke (DFL-Shakopee) of being tone deaf to the current struggles of the private sector which is experiencing an unemployment rate in Minnesota of over 20%. Erik Mortensen, the Republican challenger against Tabke, stated "my wife and I have volunteered to take pay cuts to help save jobs within our companies. This is utter BS!" 

The bill is not likely to pass in the Minnesota Senate unless the Democrats use it as part of their bargaining for the final legislative session deal. Legislators have until 11:59 pm on Sunday to pass legislation before the constitutionally mandated adjournment. 


Senate Passes Fake "Open Minnesota" Bill That Requires Governor's Signature

The Minnesota Senate Republicans passed a bill with DFL support today that was promoted as an "Open Minnesota" bill, but would keep Governor Walz' Emergency Powers in place and require businesses to follow guidelines by unelected bureaucrats before opening their doors. SF4511 authored by Sen Andrew Matthews fails to do what the Rep Munson Resolution in the House does: strip Governor Walz' of his illegal and unconstitutional emergency powers.

A bill or a resolution?

The Munson Resolution that received 100% Republican support in the Minnesota House on April 28th could be passed immediately by the Senate Republicans who have a three person majority in the chamber. Action 4 Liberty has called upon Senator Paul Gazelka to pass the Resolution while we put the heat on the 10 Democrats in the House needed to pass it in that chamber.

Senate Republicans instead are working on a bill that would require Governor Walz' signature to be signed into law. With only 6 days left of the legislative session, it appears the Senate Republicans are not serious about ending Walz' Emergency Powers.

Contact Paul Gazelka today and tell him we don't want a phony bill that needs the Governor's signature. Pass the Munson Resolution (HC8) now!

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 651-296-4875

Minnesota Faces $2.4 Billion Deficit from Overspending

The Minnesota state government now faces a $2.4 Billion budget deficit for the biennium budget that ends on June 30th, 2021 according to a report released today by Minnesota Management and Budget. Projected revenues have fallen by over $3 Billion due to the downturn in the economy from the Governor's shutdown, while the Legislature has passed $500 Million in new spending this session.

Today's budget deficit announcement stands in stark contrast to the February Budget Forecast that projected a large budget surplus. Most experts and Capitol insiders predicted the surplus would be eliminated, but the level of deficit projected by the state economist has left many worried about how bad things will get in state finances.

State governments must balance a budget, which means either the Governor and the legislature will need to raise taxes to collect more revenue or start making cuts to government spending. Either option would be politically problematic for the remaining 12 days of the legislative session.

The state does still have a massive budget reserve fund over $2 Billion (often referred to as the "Rainy Day Fund"). Action 4 Liberty has long alleged this fund will be used in a crisis for government to continue operating in its bloated state instead of giving back to taxpayers who were overtaxed. Governor Walz alluded to spending rainy day funds to cover the deficit in his 2pm press conference.

On top of that, the federal government is likely to go further into debt and engage in another round of money printing to bail out state governments facing budget deficits. A similar move was made a decade ago during the Great Recession.

Tone Deaf Republican Senate Just "Asks" Governor Walz to End Shutdown

The Senate Republicans held a press conference this morning detailing the pain endured by small businesses throughout communities in Minnesota, but failed to announce an actual plan to open Minnesota back up. Tone deaf Senators like Paul Gazelka are ignoring the thousands of calls they are receiving by Minnesotans to take action now and terminate Walz' Emergency Powers.

At one point in the bizarre press conference, Gazelka says he will "ask Governor Walz" to turn the dials more to allow more businesses to open. However, after an emergency declaration is declared, the legislature has the power to terminate a governor's emergency declaration so that laws are no longer being written by one individual. So the Senate Majority could pass a resolution today to end the pain.

So where's the bill???

The Minnesota House has voted twice now on removing Walz' Emergency Powers. In two weeks, the bill gained 400% support by the second vote and is now waiting on DFL House member support to pass. If the Senate Republicans were to pass the bill in their chamber, there would be a lot more momentum in getting the bill passed.

Action 4 Liberty calls on the Minnesota Senate to pass the End Walz' Emergency Powers now.


Trudeau Uses Pandemic Crisis to Ban Firearms in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have embraced the concept "never let a good crisis go to waste" as he announced moments ago a ban on 1,500 makes and models of popular sporting rifles. Starting today, sales, transportation or use of the firearms is illegal in Canada. 

The massive ban was not passed through legislation, instead it was an executive order issued by Trudeau himself and now being enforced by Canada's Public Safety Minister. Owners of these firearms have a two year amnesty period to comply with the ban.

Many states, including Minnesota, are allowing the same kind of illegal, unconstitutional executive actions by Governors become the laws of the land despite legislatures who are actively still in session. Governor Walz has used illegal powers to shutdown large portions of our economy and impact civil liberties like religious practice.

Are gun bans next in Minnesota?

If Governors like Walz are not limited by the separation of powers clause in the state constitutions, then it's reasonable to think we're one gun tragedy away from seeing this at home. 

Walz Extends Illegal "Stay Home or Else" Order Until May 18th

Governor Walz extended his illegal "Stay Home or Else" order until Monday, May 18th. He outlined the details of the extension in a 2pm press conference from the Governor's Mansion which made exceptions for some small retailers in the state to partially open back up as long as they follow the government list of approved activities. 

At this point, bars and restaurants, camping in state forests, and playing team sports in the local park are still against Walz' illegal order and violators could face fines and time in jail if local law enforcement agencies choose to enforce it.

Action 4 Liberty streamed the opening part of the press conference live and provided commentary. 

Walz to Extend "Stay Home or Else" Order

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Posted by Action 4 Liberty on Thursday, April 30, 2020

On Tuesday, Representative Jeremy Munson and a couple other legislators made a motion to End Walz' Emergency Powers. The motion failed, but received unanimous support by Republicans in the House, which was a 400% increase in support from two weeks prior when the relatively same motion was made. 

Internet tough guy, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, tweeted that it's time to open Minnesota. But we've seen no action from him to End Walz' Emergency Powers despite a 3 person majority for Republicans in that chamber.

Action 4 Liberty encourages people to contact their legislators now and tell them to support the Rep Munson Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers!