Today, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) was appointed Assistant Minority Leader to the Minnesota Senate. Senator Ingebrigtsen, the Minority Lead on the Environment, Economic Development, and Agriculture Finance sub division was honored to receive this position.
“I am honored to be appointed as Assistant Minority Leader to the Minnesota Senate, and grateful for the opportunity to serve in this leadership role within our caucus”.
Senator Ingebrigtsen, who represents residents in Douglas and Otter Tail Counties, is a lead voice on Greater Minnesota issues is currently in his third term in the Minnesota Senate. Senator Ingebrigtsen encourages folks to contact him with their legislative concerns. Feel free to contact his office at 651-297-8063 or at firstname.lastname@example.org at anytime.
The non-partisan Office of the Legislative Auditor released today a new report on MNsure, the troubled health insurance exchange.
The report found MNsure has lacked oversight and accountability with respect to marketing costs and collection of receipts, and noted MNsure has not complied with board policies or state statues. In addition, the report found the Department of Commerce and Department of Management and Budget both had internal control weaknesses and were non-compliant with federal and state requirements.
There were three especially glaring oversight failures found in the report:
· The original $666,590 marketing contract increased to nearly $1 million after the director expanded the scope of his work without authorization from MNsure management. It was only after the contract expired that MNsure’s CFO retroactively authorized $1.5 million for services already performed.
· MNsure and the Department of Commerce spent nearly $40 million on equipment, advertisements, and software and technology licenses, but the report found that purchases did not have documented authorization from appropriate personnel and money was not set aside for those purchases as required by law.
· MNsure awarded $4.7 million in grants to 41 recipients last fall, but has not performed site visits or reviewed the financial activity of those receiving grants.
I would encourage you to read the full report to get a sense of MNsure’s flaws. The full report can be found here.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about MNsure or other legislative issues.
St. Paul, MN — Senator Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) has received high marks from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his strong voting record in support of Minnesota’s small business owners.
“I am humbled to be recognized by NFIB for my commitment to protecting small businesses in Minnesota,” said Senator Ingebrigtsen. “Small businesses employ roughly half of all Minnesotans, but unfortunately they have struggled over the past 6 years. The attempts to raise taxes and implement policies like MNsure make life harder for employers to do business in Minnesota. I am proud of my record defending small businesses, and I will continue to do what I can to make our state a more attractive place for businesses of all sizes.”
NFIB is a leading advocate for small businesses and policies that promote small business growth and prosperity. The rankings come from their 2014 scorecard, in which Senator Ingebrigtsen received a score of 100 percent.
NFIB compiled their rankings based on legislators’ votes on a number of bills affecting small businesses, including tax bills, the minimum wage increase, MNsure, and daycare provider unionization. You can view the scorecard at this address: http://www.nfib.com/pdfs/Minnesota-voting-record.pdf.
I was honored, with Representative Nornes, to celebrate Law Enforcement Day at the Capitol.
Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen