District 38A residents who attended town hall meetings with Sen. Roger Chamberlain and me recently made a few things clear. Notably, they expressed frustration over legislators acting as if they know better how to run our lives, indicated they favor a competitive and free economy and are concerned bureaucrats have lost touch with what’s truly important – children – in our educational system.
I encourage follow-up comments and feedback from people who may have been unable to attend the town halls. The best way to reach me during the session is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODAY IS KEY DAY IN HOUSE
Week 4 of the 2014 legislative session is nearing its end. Today is a key day, the deadline to have bills heard by at least one respective House committee in order to remain alive in the traditional enactment process.
BILLS UP FOR DISCUSSION
A deluge of bills coming before committees this week include:
MNSURE DEADLINE APPROACHES
A deadline of a different sort is approaching as Minnesotans must select a plan and pay the premium in full by March 31 to avoid penalties for not having health insurance. It will be interesting to see what transpires since MNsure enrollment has fallen far short of even worst-case projections and now the IRS deadline to be fully enrolled is in less than two weeks.
We recently received updated data which shows 33,680 enrollments are “in process” for commercial plans (individual and small business) as of March 8. This is just 19 percent of MNsure’s lowest original estimate of 177,125 commercial plan enrollments by March 31. Continued low enrollment numbers would leave all Minnesotans paying higher premiums and higher taxes for a program that, so far, has failed to live up to promises made to citizens.