Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update
A column I submitted to newspapers throughout the district this week addressed, among other things, the new state economic forecast we received.
The new report is the latest to show revenue above previous projections, extending a run of positive reports which started in Nov. of 2011. This is good news, but we need to be cautious as we examine what to do with this “found” money.
I support using part of the surplus revenue to repeal some of the new taxes Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats passed earlier this year. I oppose applying it to added state spending at this time, especially if it commits us to spending into the future.
At any rate, we need to hold tight until the February forecast is issued with a new set of complete numbers. A lot could change between now and then and the report itself indicated there is volatility in tax increases.
Here is a link to my column, with more details and my thoughts on the matter. Also, here is a link to the complete economic report from Minnesota Management & Budget. I will keep you in the loop as things develop.
Can you believe this? Just six months ago, Governor Dayton signed into law the creation of MNSure, Minnesota’s implementation of Obamacare. He was among the first of several Democrat governors to fall in lockstep with President Obama.
Apparently, our Governor didn’t read the bill.
Now Dayton says the program isn’t working and the number of Minnesotans adversely affected by the federal law is “staggering.”
- After spending more than $150 million of YOUR money, not a single Minnesotan has been able to complete the enrollment process and pay for new coverage.
- At least 140,000 Minnesotans have received letters from their current insurers informing them their plans will be discontinued.
- As many as 1 in 20 Minnesotans will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, and forced into more expensive policies that cover services they don’t need.
When asked about a 56 year old man being required to purchase maternity care, Dayton replied, “it defies common sense.”
Attempting to distance himself from a president whose approval numbers are tanking, Dayton told reporters that he has little influence as governor, but, he said, “the president promised that if people like their current policy, they could keep it.”
Little influence? Perhaps Governor Dayton should take another look at his job description. He didn’t have to sign MNSure into law forcing millions of Minnesotans to change their health care coverage.
Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. Not one. Governor Dayton brought Obamacare to Minnesota and he needs to take responsibility for the results of implementing the federal program through MNSure.
~ Republican Party of Minnesota