St. Paul, Minn.—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.
“On behalf of the Senate DFL caucus, I am prepared to sign Gov. Dayton’s agreement for a special session immediately. I thank him for his leadership on behalf of veterans and working families who would get tax relief, small Main Street businesses and farmers that would get property tax relief, college graduates who would get debt relief, dozens of communities that would get needed infrastructure funding, and families facing significant insurance premiums who would get relief if a special session were called,” Bakk said.
“After months of negotiating and good-faith meetings with Gov. Dayton and House Republicans it has become clear to me and my DFL colleagues that House Republicans do not want a special session and are willing to leave thousands of Minnesotans in serious need of premium relief, to suffer drastically high premiums,” Bakk said.
“We’ve seen this before in Minnesota, where Republicans say one thing publicly, then negotiate against their public sentiments, in private. My colleagues Sen. Stumpf, Sen. Lourey, Sen. Hayden, Sen. Rest, Sen. Skoe, and staff have dedicated countless hours to resolving the three key concerns for a special session, knowing Minnesotans were depending upon their leadership. We had high hopes that the needs of Minnesotans would outweigh partisan bickering, but today that just isn’t the case,” Bakk said.
“House Republicans’ refusal to immediately address the economic suffering of Minnesotans purchasing insurance through the private market—after campaigning against such cost increases—is disingenuous and cruel to the thousands of families who expected the relief House Republicans promised on the campaign trail. I am deeply disappointed in the House Republican inaction.” Bakk said.