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.
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.
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.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) released the following statement in response to Gov. Dayton’s letter to legislative leaders:
St. Paul, Minn—Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) elaborated on other issues DFL Senators would like considered in negotiations for a potential Special Session this morning, in addition to unemployment benefits for steelworkers in Northern Minnesota and REAL ID compliance.… Read More »Bakk highlights needed focus on challenges facing the Black community in Minnesota