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DFL Action Alert: Republican Transportation Bill – The Wrong Direction

Republican Transportation Bill: The Wrong Direction

Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate have introduced plans to fund safe roads and bridges by “redirecting” current spending. That will send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

Without raising the gas tax or finding other sources of long-term, stable funding, as proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators, Republicans will be redirecting money from schools, seniors and other state programs aimed at creating opportunities for all. (more…)

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Senate DFL Week in Review: March 24, 2017

WEEK TWELVE: March 24, 2017

Senate Republicans released their budget targets a week ago – which means everyone from the press to DFL senators and the public took time to pour over the numbers throughout the week. Disappointment and maligned priorities were the name of the game this week.

Despite hearing very costly bills in most committees throughout session, the Senate Republicans’ budget priorities lie with tax cuts for wealthy corporations, slim investments in education and transportation, and major cuts to other areas – particularly health and human services and the equity investments passed just last year. (more…)

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DFL Weekly Action Alert

Dear DFLer, 

Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate have introduced plans to fund safe roads and bridges by “redirecting” current spending. That will send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

Without raising the gas tax or finding other sources of long-term, stable funding, as proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators, Republicans will be redirecting money from schools, seniors and other state programs aimed at creating opportunities for all.

Make your voice heard

Contact your Republican legislators and find out exactly what funding they will redirect to fix the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. Education funding to prepare our kids for career and college? Nursing homes that care for our most vulnerable loved ones? Job creation programs that put Minnesotans to work?

Don’t settle for vague answers, Republicans introduced these plans. It is up to you to demand to know how they will be funded.

Share what you learn about how your Republican legislators will redirect funding to fix roads and bridges. Working together we can hold Republicans responsible for their plans to send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

To find your legislators and their contact information, click here

Thank you,

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New Medicaid chief says recipients should get jobs, pay premiums

The following article by Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post was posted on the StarTribune website March 15, 2017:

Seema Verma, the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is shown with Vice President Mike Pence after being sworn in Tuesday.

Hours after she was sworn in, the Trump administration’s top official for Medicaid and her boss dispatched a letter to the nation’s governors, urging states to alter the insurance program for poor and disabled people by charging them insurance premiums, requiring them to pay part of emergency room bills and prodding them to get jobs.

The letter, sent Tuesday night by Seema Verma, the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, also derides the Medicaid expansion that 31 states and the District of Columbia adopted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (more…)

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Mayo to give preference to privately insured patients over Medicaid patients

The following article by Jeremy Olson was posted on the StarTribune website March 15, 2017:

Mayo Clinic’s chief executive made a startling announcement in a recent speech to employees: The Rochester-based health system will give preference to patients with private insurance over those with lower-paying Medicaid or Medicare coverage, if they seek care at the same time and have comparable conditions.

The number of patients affected would probably be small, but the selective strategy reveals the financial pressures that Mayo is facing in part due to federal health reforms. For while the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured patients, it has increased the share covered by Medicaid, which pays around 50 to 85 cents on the dollar of the actual cost of medical care.

Mayo will always take patients, regardless of payer source, when it has medical expertise that they can’t find elsewhere, said Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo’s CEO. But when two patients are referred with equivalent conditions, he said the health system should “prioritize” those with private insurance. (more…)

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Minnesota Secretary of State Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

March 15, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 499 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period. (more…)

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Senate DFL Week in Review: March 10, 2017

This is last Friday’s Week in Review from the Senate DFL:

The first full week of March saw a flurry of legislative activity as the first deadline is this Friday, March 10. This is the first of three major deadlines that help align which bills will move forward to one day becoming law.

The week began with a thunderclap — REAL ID legislation came to the Senate floor and was voted down on a bipartisan vote. The move stalled the legislation over Republicans refusal to take out controversial language. The no vote isn’t the end though – legislative leaders are working out compromise language that both parties can agree to.

Later in the week thousands of women across Minnesota and the country celebrated International Women’s Day. Some women chose to mark the event with ‘Day without women’ – taking the day off of work and not spending any money. The state capitol hallways were filled with red-clad women – many carrying signs and spreading the word that women’s rights are human rights. (more…)

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Future cloudy for state parental leave benefit

The following article by Tim Pugmire was posted on the MPR website March 7, 2017:

State employees are urging Minnesota lawmakers to preserve their newly-acquired benefit of paid parental leave.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton took administrative steps last year to grant six weeks of paid leave to about 32,000 state workers. But the benefit will soon go away unless the Republican-controlled Legislature approves it this session.

Minnesota Department of Health employee Blair Sevcik, who is currently on a paid leave, praised the benefit Tuesday during a state Capitol news conference organized by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees. (more…)

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Senate DFL Week in Review: March 3, 2017

The final days of February went out with a bang at the state legislature with the Minnesota Senate passing Sunday liquor sales with a 38 to 28 vote. The bipartisan vote ends a depression-era law that banned the sale of alcohol on Sundays. The bill is expected to be signed soon by Governor Dayton, and will go into effect on July 1, 2017.

This week the February Budget Forecast was also announced – a look at the state’s finances which helps legislators craft a two-year budget. The forecast showed a $1.65 billion surplus, thanks to a strong economy and increasing consumer spending. Despite the surplus, which is much less when inflation is factored in, DFL legislators are urging caution – saying too much spending or tax cuts could quickly make the surplus disappear in future budget cycles. (more…)

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