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
The Minnesota Management and Budget agency released their updated February budget forecast Friday, and projected a positive budget balance of $1.6 billion for Minnesota in the upcoming biennium. Minnesota Management and Budget stated that this change is primarily due to an improved U.S. economic outlook, bolstered by large federal actions that emerged since November and were not incorporated in earlier projections.
In recognition of ongoing discrimination against LGBTQI Minnesotans and the need to center gender equity in public policy, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL- Cottage Grove) Senator Ann Johnson Stewart (DFL- Minnetonka), Senator Jen McEwen (DFL- Duluth), Senator Jason Isaacson (DFL- Shoreview), and Senator Foung Hawj (DFL- St. Paul) have introduced legislation (SF 360) to address long-needed changes for Minnesotans in the LGBTQI community.
Today, lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate stood together to voice their support for a bill that recognizes the fundamental right of all Minnesotans to make their own reproductive health decisions.
Senate Republicans introduced legislation making blanket cuts of 5% to state agencies Tuesday, threatening the ability of Minnesotans to get the essential services they are depending on as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic. With a public health and economic crisis that has hit working Minnesotans, low income communities, and communities of color hardest, now is not the time for cuts.
On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.