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Capitol Update from Rep. Tama Theis

Friday, March 16, 2018

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With folks from Stearns Electric Association at the Capitol

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With constituents from MNCASA, the Minnesota Coalition against Sexual Assault

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With Minnesota Chiropractors at the Capitol 


Dear Neighbors,

Here is an update from Saint Paul.

State of the State

On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton delivered his last State of the State Address to members of the House and Senate. While we’ve had our disagreements over the years, we’ve also accomplished a lot of positive things for our state.

The state of our state is strong right now. We have a significant surplus, folks are feeling the benefits of state and federal tax relief, we’ve brought more stability to our individual health insurance market with meaningful reforms, and the Legislature has made significant investments in our transportation infrastructure and schools.

I look forward to continuing to find bipartisan agreement this session and advance bills important to folks in Central Minnesota.

Reducing the MNsure Tax

A bill moved forward in the House this week that would reduce the MNsure tax down from 3.5 percent to 2 percent, helping folks save an estimated $30 million on their health care premiums.
Last year, we passed a number of meaningful reforms to address our MNsure mess, improving competition, lowering costs and bringing stability to our market. Reducing the MNsure tax is another small but needed step to continue to help families and small businesses hurt by Obamacare.

Sex Trafficking Training Bill

This week in the Health and Human Services Reform Committee, we voted on an important bill that would help victims of sex trafficking in Minnesota. The bill would require that hotel, motel and resort workers be trained to identify sex trafficking, hopefully helping to cut down on this problem and help victims who may be in their establishments.

I am pleased that this bill moved forward, and am hopeful it will get signed into law this session. 


It’s an honor to be your voice at the Capitol. Have a wonderful weekend!