Category Archives: Mary Franson

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCATION ENDORSES FRANSON

ALEXANDRIA – State Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) received the endorsement of the nation’s foremost Second Amendment advocacy group – the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund – in her bid for re-election.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of America’s leading Second Amendment rights group,” said Franson. “During my time in the legislature I have been a stalwart supporter of the Second Amendment. I look forward to contrasting my record on gun rights during this campaign with those want to impose gun control on law abiding citizens.”

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced their endorsement of Franson’s campaign on September 26

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FRANSON ENDORSED BY STATE’S LEADING PRO-LIFE ORGANIZATION

ALEXANDRIA – State Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) received the endorsement the state’s largest pro-life organization – MCCL State PAC – in her bid for re-election.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Minnesota’s leading pro-life group,” said Franson. “Protecting the life of the unborn has been at the top of my agenda since being elected and it will continue to be a priority if I’m re-elected.”

MCCL State PAC officials informed Franson of their decision to endorse her bid for re-election on September 5 based on her strong commitment to the pro-life cause.

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Rep. Mary Franson (08B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbor,

Earlier this month state officials revealed that at least 16,000 low-income Minnesotans never received letters telling them that the state needed more information on their MNsure applications for insurance coverage through the Medical Assistance program. It is possible that many of these people remain uninsured. The notices were supposed to tell the applicants to provide more information to qualify for the state’s Medical Assistance program, but were never sent to the affected individuals.

Due to poor implementation of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, 16,000 low-income Minnesotans may be without coverage. Instead of recognizing that families were going to be penalized, House Democrats called these people lawbreakers and dismissed Republican efforts during the 2014 Legislative Session to provide assistance. We need to know whether there is a plan to hold officials at the Department of Human Services accountable or if the same group of people will be allowed to continue making the same mistakes to the detriment of our citizens.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t end there. We learned a few days ago that the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans said she would “not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent.” Even worse, the Dayton Administration won’t reveal the dates until November 15. Releasing rates early provides transparency for people who may need more time to make educated decisions about what works best for their family. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Republican legislators offered several proposals to require the rates be released earlier. However, such proposals were blocked by the Democrat majority.

If you’re having problems with MNsure, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Based on state law, I can no longer send out legislative e-mail updates after July 15 through November 4. However, I can still respond to individual constituent e-mails and letters. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, comments, and concerns you may have in the coming months.

You can send me an e-mail at Rep.Mary.Franson@House.MN or call my office at 651-296-3201. You can also send mail to my office address:

211 State Office Building,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55155.

Sincerely,

Mary

Rep. Mary Franson (08B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

Today we received some great news from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case based out of Illinois called Harris v. Quinn. The high court ruled that homecare workers in Illinois are not public employees and therefore cannot be forced to join a public employee union and pay union dues.

As you may recall, last fall a federal appeals court had put Minnesota’s childcare unionization law passed in 2013 on hold until this case was settled. With it now decided, it is very likely the federal courts in Minnesota will rule the law is unconstitutional for childcare providers.

Currently, a lawsuit called Parrish v. Dayton filed by a childcare provider is before a Minnesota federal appellate court. With the ruling in Harris v. Quinn now the law of the land, we anticipate we’ll have a ruling soon that will overturn the childcare unionization law.

In response to the ruling, I released the following statement:

“The ruling from the Supreme Court today sends a clear signal to Governor Dayton and Democrats in the legislature that they must cease their reckless attempts to force independent childcare providers into a government union. Our children deserve better than to be pawns in a scheme to get more union dues out of hardworking parents,” said Franson, a former childcare provider. “Minnesota parents and childcare providers can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing it’s likely that their childcare will not be imperiled by the higher costs and reduced choices of forced unionization.”

You can also watch my floor speech from May of 2013 opposing the childcare unionization law.

If you have any questions about this ruling and what it means for Minnesota, please feel free to contact me.

You can send me an e-mail at Rep.Mary.Franson@House.MN or call my office at 651-296-3201. You can also send mail to my office address:

211 State Office Building,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55155.

Sincerely,

Mary