Rarely will I ever acknowledge a negative lit piece sent out against me but the attached piece that was paid for by the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor party and mailed to residents in our district deserves a little attention for misleading information and outright lies.
This same piece was sent to districts all over the metro area, just changing the name and picture for each district.
First, the claim that we gave insurance companies $542 million instead of helping Minnesotans. If you buy health insurance on the individual market, remember in 2017 the 25% premium subsidy you got? That’s the money they’re talking about.
We wanted DFL Governor Dayton’s administration to send you those checks but they refused because they weren’t capable of handling the task of mailing the checks to you.
So the Governor insisted we send the money to the insurance companies so they could credit your account. Rather than have the bill to help you pay your premiums vetoed, we agreed and sent the money to the insurance companies to distribute to you. Which they did.
The other part of this was the reinsurance plan to create a high risk pool. These funds went to insurance companies to offset the cost of high dollar claims, rather than have those claims result in higher premiums for the rest of you.
Following several years of double digit premium increases, rates stabilized this year and Gov. Dayton’s Commerce Dept. has said some will even see a slight decrease next year. In short, it worked.
As for the claim that we lined our own pockets with a 45% pay raise, that’s where this goes from misleading to the DFL party flat out lying to you.
Legislators don’t have the ability to change our pay because the Minnesota constitution forbids it. That power was taken away from legislators and given to a a citizen Legislative Salary Council in 2017 (the year I took office) following a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2016.
The constitutional amendment was voted on by 76.33% of you, the voters of Minnesota. The Legislative Salary Council, not legislators, recommended the first pay raise to legislators since Gov. Ventura was in office.
Also from 2017, Gov. Dayton line item vetoed the appropriation for the entire legislative branch of state government – not just Representatives and Senators but partisan and non-partisan staff, researchers, clerks, etc. The case went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court before being resolved late last year.
Since the appropriation was vetoed in 2017, we needed to pass a bill funding the legislature when we convened in 2018.
The appropriation in the 2018 bill that passed and was signed by Gov. Dayton, was the same amount they Governor line item vetoed in 2017. That 2017 bill had 22 DFL Reps vote in favor. Still waiting for the DFL party to send out hit pieces against those 22 DFL reps but I won’t hold my breath.
As election day approaches, you’ll be inundated with campaign literature in your mailbox. Please take note of who is paying for it.
If you have questions on anything, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 651-592-0846.