Today, the Senate passed Senate File 694, a bill that would extend the reinsurance program in Minnesota through 2022. Minnesota’s reinsurance plan was originally passed in 2017 when the individual marketplace was much more unstable. It provided state money to encourage – but not require – insurance companies to lower their advertised premiums. In response to this bill, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) released the following statement:
Sen. Susan Kent
Today, Minnesota Management and Budget released the February Economic Forecast, showing a projected positive balance of $1.6 billion for the upcoming biennium. While the forecast projects a positive balance, it includes inflation on the revenue side and excludes it on the spending side in several key areas. Inflation is estimated to be $1.042 billion. A significant portion of the positive balance is also one-time money.
Today on the Senate Floor the GOP introduced Senate File 1, a bill to revoke the current and future Governor’s ability to close businesses or limit their capacity using the power of an executive order.
Today on the Senate Floor the GOP introduced Senate File 2 which would restrict the Governor’s response to protect students and educators during unprecedented times of need. The GOP has pushed forward their agenda despite the opposition from education organizations including the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota School Board Association, and the Minnesota Rural Education Association.
Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent released the following statement today in response to Governor Walz’s announcement on education:
As the most diverse caucus in the history of the Minnesota Senate, Senate DFLers offer a vision for a better Minnesota with priorities that will improve people’s lives and protect their fundamental rights. Members of the Senate DFL held a press conference to announce their priorities for the 2021 legislative session and released the following statement: