2014 Republican Bait and 2015 Switch Part 2

Republicans promise 2014 voters the sun and the moon, deliver missed opportunities

We all know the story of the 2014 election – Republicans told voters that DFLers didn’t care about them and were leaving them behind. 

Now that the dust has settled from the 2015 session and special session, the view is clear that Republicans didn’t deliver. And with the largest budget in state history and a $1.9 billion surplus that could have been invested to build a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, all the Republicans have to show for the session is missed opportunities.

Here’s just one of their votes that show their true beliefs:

Failing working Minnesota families

  • Voted to eliminate affordable health insurance coverage for 100,000 Minnesotans including working parents, farmers, and small business owners. The 25 counties with the highest percentage of MinnesotaCare enrollees per capita are all in Greater Minnesota. (SF1458 HJP 3809 4/28/15) Unanimous GOP vote (Backer and Baker voted against eliminating MNCare in committee, but voted for the HHS omnibus bill that included repeal of the program).
  • The final law cut MinnesotaCare by $65 million, raising premiums and tripling out-of-pocket costs for working Minnesotans, small business owners, and farmers. (SF1458 CCR HJP 5531 5/17/15) Unanimous GOP vote, except Knoblach absent.