Bakk decries House Republicans’ refusal to address critical issues in special session

Today is the deadline established by Gov. Mark Dayton for special session negotiations to come to a close. Three critical issues were being considered for a potential special session next week: a corrected and updated tax bill, an updated bonding bill, and desperately needed premium relief for Minnesotans that buy their insurance through the individual market.

Sen. Dahle supports special session on cost of health insurance

St. Paul, Minn.— Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) joined a growing list of legislators as he voiced his support for a special session to address the rising cost of health insurance premiums in Minnesota. Dahle and many other Senate Democrats have called for Governor Dayton to bring the legislature back in order to reconsider the solutions […] Read more

Sen. Kent joins Senate DFL caucus call for a special session

“I believe a special session is absolutely necessary in order to quickly find a short-term solution to offset these high premium increases. These cost increases are an unfair burden on families – and it’s imperative that we as elected officials are doing everything we can to make sure health insurance costs are within reach for ALL Minnesotans.

Sen. Tomassoni joins Senate DFL caucus call for a special session

ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) applauded his Senate DFL colleagues today in calling for a special session to address rising health insurance premiums. On Thursday, the Senate DFL sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton formally requesting a special session, saying there are viable solutions that have already been developed that could offer a short-term fix to avoid people having to pay skyrocketing premiums that are set to go into effect in January.

Sen. Susan Kent to refuse pay during Special Session

With just a few weeks before a likely Special Session is called, Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) announces she will refuse any per diem pay for work associated with a Special Session. Sen. Kent says she is a strong believer in working across the aisle to get work done for Minnesotans, and says taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook when legislators can’t come to an agreement during regular session.

Sen. Hoffman to refuse pay during Special Session

As a Special Session appears more likely now than ever before – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) has announced his intent to refuse pay for any work associated with a Special Session. Sen. Hoffman says he believes it shouldn’t be the taxpayers’ responsibility to shoulder the cost burden when the legislature doesn’t finish its work on time.