We finished up our third week of the legislative session, and I’m happy with our quick progress. We passed a tax relief bill in our first week, and just yesterday, we passed health care relief and reform. These were two of my big issues I wanted to tackle this year, and we’re off to a great start in the first month.
Health Care Reform and Relief
Thursday was a big day in the state of Minnesota. Our health care bill, SF1, came back to the House floor following the House and Senate conference committee. We passed the bill on a wide bipartisan vote, and the governor already signed it into law. This legislation is a big victory for those buying health insurance on the individual market.
First, the bill provides a 25% premium reduction for those who don’t qualify for tax credits. Though prices are still high, this reduction can mean big relief for Minnesotans. We also included overdue reforms to increase competition and choice while preserving continuity of care for critical cases. There’s still more to do, but this legislation will make an immediate impact for Minnesotans.
Earlier this week, Speaker Kurt Daudt appointed me to serve on the IRRRB board. After serving as IRRRB commissioner under Governor Pawlenty, I’m excited to be back working with this important group. I look forward to working with my other board members for the betterment of the entire Iron Range, and welcome any input or ideas you have for our area.
Yesterday, I met former state representative David Bishop and was fortunate to have him sign the book he authored, “Finding Common Ground: the Art of Legislating in the Age of Gridlock.” I’m excited to delve into this book, and learn more about leading in the Minnesota House.
It was great to see a number of folks from our area throughout the week. I spoke with local builders, motorcycle riders, and many others. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
I hope to see more of you in the coming days. I encourage you to contact my office to schedule an appointment, or just share your opinion on issues we’re discussing.
Have a great weekend!