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Walz, Flanagan Comment on Vote to Remove Leppink
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/13/2020

Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan released the following statements in response to Senate Republicans' vote to remove Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink.

"Nancy Leppink is a champion for working Minnesotans and business owners," said Walz. "She is a consensus builder who has a proven track record of finding solutions among workers, employers, and government. She is respected by the workers that she fights for and by the businesses who want to do right by their employees."

"Her talent has never been more critical than during the COVID-19 pandemic. She protects the health of workers and guides business owners in their efforts to remain open and operate safely. In this time of crisis, I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans chose to play politics with the health and safety of Minnesotans," Walz continued.

"Nancy Leppink was fired by Senate Republicans today because she worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of workers during COVID--19," said Flanagan. "This is a slap in the face to our nurses, teachers, grocery store workers, meat processing plant workers, janitors, and all working Minnesotans in the midst of a global pandemic. We will continue to fight to protect workers. We will not be deterred or succumb to Republican threats to hold more commissioners hostage to their partisan gamesmanship."

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