Thanks to the calls, emails and financial support of our supporters, Ending Walz' Emergency Powers became the top issue at the Capitol and early this morning, the House and Senate voted to End Governor Walz' Emergency Powers effective 11:59 PM on July 1st.
Action 4 Liberty's team made 55,000 phone calls to voters in the last couple months, putting real pressure on politicians in St Paul to End Walz' Emergency Powers. We've door knocked from Moorhead to Hibbing to Winona. Our team of young liberty professionals donned heavy coats in -30 temps in February and knocked doors through our recent heat wave. All because we were determined to End Walz' Emergency Powers.
We NEVER GAVE UP! It was clear that crony politicians in St Paul didn't care that one man took over lawmaking in our state. So we forced them to care about the issue by bringing intense pressure on them.
While we're thrilled that we achieved our first objective of Ending Walz' Emergency Powers, Gazelka and the Political Class have left us vulnerable to this all happening again.
Liberty Champion Erik Mortensen introduced the Never Again Bill last March that would solve the problem of Unilateral Emergency Powers. But Gazelka REFUSED to listen to YOU and pass the bill.
So Governor Walz could reissue completely new Unilateral Emergency Powers at any time. All because Gazelka was too weak to STOP the budget before the Never Again Bill was passed into law.
Gazelka needs to learn a lesson from the Democrats. Late last night, they were able to force Senate Republicans to pass their radical Public Safety bill or else risk a partial government shutdown. This is how the ugly politics work in the final hours of a legislative session, Gazelka should have played hardball...but he didn't.
Even worse, instead of a resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers, Gazelka stuck the language in the State Government Finance Bill that completely funds the Governor's office and gives the Attorney General a 22% pay increase!
Democrats abolished the provision in the bill that would forgive the fines paid by courageous business owners who defied the Governor's illegal orders. And Gazelka not only gave up on that provision, he helped fund the Attorney General's office that is still going after them!
Our work is not done. Action 4 Liberty is committed to pass Mort's Never Again Bill so this never happens to us again.
We hired 10 young liberty professionals this summer to come work for our growing operations. We're making serious commitments to protect liberty for the next generation.
It's crystal clear to us that we need to grow larger, expand our team and bring even more pressure against the Political Class that is destroying Minnesota.
Now it's critically important we continue building so we STOP future lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine passports.