Today’s state budget forecast provides excellent news. In these economically volatile times, amidst a long-running pandemic, this financial news is a positive shot in the arm.
In an attack on the Walz’s administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Republicans have threatened to fire Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm during a potential special session. In response, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville), released the following statement:
Sen. John Marty (DFL – Roseville) received the 2021 “Outstanding Legislator Award” from the Bluffland Whitetails Association (BWA). John Zanmiller, Director of Community and Government Affairs for the BWA said the award was, “in recognition of Sen. Marty’s courage in working to address the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Minnesota from deer farming operations.
On April 20th, 2021 the jury in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin for the nurder of George Floyd declared the defendant guilty on three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Following the announcement of the verdict, Senator John Marty (DFL- Roseville) released the following statement:
Today, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) offered a strong response to the problem of catalytic converter theft with an amendment that would make it a crime to possess a used catalytic converter that is not attached to a car, unless it is marked with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from the car it was attached to.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, Senate Republicans brought a bill extending Minnesota’s “reinsurance” plan to the Senate floor. The reinsurance program subsidizes non-profit healthcare insurance providers, including $106 million in state funds and $77 million in federal pass-through funding with the goal of lowering insurance premiums on the individual marketplace. In addition, the reinsurance program also costs the state of Minnesota an estimated $100 million in federal funding for MinnesotaCare