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New economic report for MN

Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

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?


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

Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

A shortage of propane gas is posing problems for farmers who need dryer gas for their wet corn, and also causing concerns for homeowners who heat their homes with LP.

The good news is experts say this situation should not be a factor in this winter’s heating season. The propane supply is saved first for home heating, then for animal and livestock systems that require heating, followed by grain drying. A new monthly allocation will take place Friday and should be adequate into the future.

The propane shortage was sudden, as cooperatives and other retailers had what they thought was an adequate supply as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Harvest times typically are staggered throughout the Midwest, but the late spring and wet planting season delayed the harvest in places like Indiana and Illinois. By the time those farmers got in the field, crops in states like Minnesota were ready for harvest, creating a spike in propane demand and driving a shortage.

Another factor is the reversal of the Cochin pipeline, which has been reduced to 50 percent of its normal propane capacity. This pipeline originates in western Canada and has a terminal in Benson. Because of that Benson location, it has been a primary source of LP  gas in our part of Minnesota for many years. It is being prepared to transport condensate to the Alberta tar sands area, impacting the amount of propane available locally.

Some co-ops are encouraging people to drive as far as Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina, where there is a greater supply of propane. Whether the trucks are making longer runs south for product or sitting in line at the terminals, it will take more time per load and trucks will not be able to haul as many loads per day. 

Here is some good news and some steps that are being taken to alleviate the temporary supply shortage:


  • ·         The harvest is either wrapping up or making good progress in many areas of southern Minnesota. This will relieve some of the pressure on the demand side.
  • ·         On Oct. 23, Gov. Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order http://mn.gov/governor/images/EO-13-11.pdf that suspends the hours-of-service restrictions for propane truck drivers for 14 days.
  • ·         Terminals and retailers dependent upon supply from the Cochin pipeline will receive a new monthly allocation beginning this Friday.

It appears as if this propane crunch could be alleviated soon. Roger Leider, executive director of the Minnesota Propane Gas Association, indicated supply levels will be adequate to meet demand within a week. Again, the new monthly allocation should relieve the propane shortage.

The Cochin pipeline reversal could lead to supply issues in 2014 and beyond, however. There has been talk of a stakeholder group forming to explore ways to prevent supply shortages, which may or may not involve legislation.

I will keep you posted as this issue develops.



ObamaCare Hurts Minnesotans

Franken’s Political Career Tied to Unpopular Law 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Al Franken is one of ObamaCare’s biggest proponents, but the unpopular law is already hurting the middle class and increasing health care costs in Minnesota,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.

“The result of Al Franken’s relentless support of ObamaCare is that  dysfunctional Washington now stands between doctors and patients, which raises costs and lowers the quality of care.”

The disastrous ObamaCare launch has caused many to question whether Administration officials should be fired and the unpopular law be delayed. Meanwhile, Al Franken refuses to acknowledge that ObamaCare is causing health care costs to rise, that many people are not able to keep the plans and doctors that they are comfortable with, and that workers are seeing their hours cut and suffering the consequences.

The flawed website can’t be differentiated from the product. As the glitches and broken promises continue to come online, Franken will try to distance himself from ObamaCare. The truth is, however, that ObamaCare is Franken’s legacy and the problems run far deeper than the need for an IT specialist. If simply signing up for the program causes this kind of problem, imagine what a disaster trying to see a doctor will be for Minnesotans.

Make no mistake; it is the personal impact that ObamaCare will have on women, seniors, and families that is the real trainwreck for Democratic candidates who have tied themselves to the unpopular law.

In Minnesota:

  • Health care costs for individual market plans will increase 19%.
  • Seniors will see Medicare cuts to doctors and hospitals totaling more than $9,000 per Minnesota enrollee.
  • Minnesota  could have to increase Medicaid spending $423 million – $179 per household.
  • A 27 year old will see their premiums increase by 15% and a 50 year old by more than 22% according to the Heritage Foundation.