Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: March 21, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbors,

I wanted to remind you that I am joining Sen. Melissa Wiklund tonight at the town hall meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters to hear your concerns and ideas to best represent Bloomington in the Legislature.

League of Women Voters – Town Hall
Tuesday, March 21st   
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza
            1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
            Bloomington, MN 55431

I hope to see you there. If you can’t make it please call my office with any legislative concerns that you have. Your input is valuable. 

Sincerely,

Andrew Carlson

State Representative

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: March 16, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

Our first committee deadline has passed and we are into another week as the second deadline draws near on Friday. Here is an update from the Capitol:

HF5 vs MinnesotaCare Buy-In

On Monday, the House passed a Republican reinsurance plan that will favor insurance companies over the health of Minnesotans. House File 5 creates a program to subsidize insurance companies. The measure establishes an 11 member board to administer the program – with a majority of board members representing insurance companies – to backfill the cost of large health care claims. The program would be funded by the Health Care Access Fund, which currently funds MinnesotaCare. The Republican author also said he doesn’t know the impact of their bill, meaning a nearly $400 million giveaway to insurance companies with no guarantee it will reduce premiums, stabilize the market, or increase access for Minnesotans. (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: March 6, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative UpdateHello Bloomington Neighbors,

I just wanted to pass along a quick note about the State Capitol Grand Opening Essay Contest for students in grades 3 – 12. The contest is looking for students to submit essays explaining how the State Capitol shapes our collective past and how it impacts future generations. I’ve included more details about the contest below.

Sincerely,

Andrew Carson
State Representative

About the State Capitol Essay Contest

The re-opening of the historic Minnesota State Capitol is an opportunity for Minnesotans from every corner of the state and all walks of life to celebrate “My Minnesota Capitol.” As part of the re-opening festivities, Minnesota students are asked to consider the following prompts and craft an essay about one of them: (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: March 3, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Preemption

Last night we debated the “preemption” bill on the House floor, which ultimately passed 76-53. This bill stops local communities from setting worker-friendly policies such as earned sick leave and family leave, or a higher minimum wage. The measure also rolls back sick time for hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans.

This very controversial legislation is being pushed by national groups working to hold down wages and deny working families’ benefits all over the United States. I don’t believe that we should be rolling back benefits. (more…)

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: March 1, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

At the legislature, we have begun the hard work of crafting a budget that reflects the needs of Minnesotans for the next two years. This work will consume much of our time over the next few months.

As we look ahead, here are a few things you might want to know this week:

GOOD NEWS – A BUDGET SURPLUS!

This week, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a forecasted budget surplus of $1.65 billion. The February Economic Forecast revealed that Minnesota continues to have low unemployment and a stable budget. (more…)

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Rep. Andrew Carlson Update: February 24, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update


Dear neighbors,

The federal Real ID Act was passed by the United States Congress in 2005 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Act’s purpose is to confirm the identities of people accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

The legislature spent the year before I was elected dragging their feet and not getting the job done. One of my top priorities after I was elected was quickly passing Real ID so Minnesotans can board a plane and access federal facilities before we hit the federally imposed deadline. (more…)

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Rep. Carlson Update: February 16, 2017

Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbors,

In case you missed it – click here to read my letter to the editor in the Bloomington Sun Current describing the first month of session as the good (passing premium relief), the bad (allowing for-profit HMOs to operate in Minnesota for the first time in almost 50 years), and the ugly (a provision that was defeated which allowed health insurance companies to pick and choose what they will cover). (more…)

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Rep. Slocum Update: Feburary 8, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

Much of January was spent tackling short-term relief for health insurance premiums, but now we’re off to the races as we start tackling many other issues.

Here are a few things to know:

CYBERSECURITY IN MINNESOTA

On an almost daily basis, we’re hearing reports of security breaches into companies, governments, and into the lives of individuals, resulting in private information being revealed. Security experts have said state government is subjected to millions of cyberattacks every day in attempts to illegally access secure information. Governor Dayton recently unveiled his cybersecurity priorities by investing $125 million to reform and update our information technology infrastructure. (more…)

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