The bill passed the House by a tally of 68-66, with the entire House Republican caucus joined by five moderate Democrats who voted in opposition.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: April 24, 2013
Tags: 2013 session, budget bill, Erin Murphy, Glenn Gruenhagen, Health and Human Services, Health Care, Jay McNamar, Jim Abeler, Joe Radinovich, John Ward, Julie Rosen, Matt Dean, Minnesota House of Representatives, Minnesota Legislature, Paul Rosenthal, Paul Torkelson, Shannon Savick, Steve Drazkowski, Tina Liebling, Tom Huntley, Will Morgan
Democrats in the House have approved an $11.2 billion health and human services budget bill that would trim $150 million from spending over the next two years while also making first-ever investments in mental health programs in schools.
Next week Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to detail exactly what he’d like to see in a bonding bill this year. On Tuesday he provided a sneak preview, indicating that the capital investment package would be worth roughly $750 million. That’s a 50 percent increase over what was proposed in his initial budget in January.
by Paul Demko
Published: March 5, 2013
Tags: Affordable Care Act, health insurance exchange, Jim Abeler, Joe Atkins, Laurie Halverson, Matt Dean, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Council, Tina Liebling
Rep. Joe Atkins (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher) Legislation establishing a health insurance exchange cleared the House on a largely partisan vote on Monday evening. The 72-58 vote followed more than five hours of contentious debate over the proposal to provide a marketplace for individuals and businesses to purchase insurance products under the federal Affordable Care Act.
On Monday evening the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee met to consider proposed rules for the legislative session. The typically arcane and little-scrutinized topic elicited heated rhetoric.
House Republicans submitted their committee requests to incoming DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen on Thursday. Among the notable picks: outgoing Majority Leader Matt Dean, of Dellwood, was put forward as the minority lead on the Capitol Investment Committee.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 9, 2012
Tags: Bill Glahn, Charlie Weaver, Cindy Pugh, Cristine Almeida, Eliot Seide, Geoff Michel, Gregg Peppin, Jay McNamar, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kurt Zellers, Matt Dean, Melisa Franzen, Mike Dudley, Mike Kennedy, Paul Thissen, Roger Erickson, Ron Erhardt, Roz Peterson, Ted Lillie, Tim Faust, Tom Bakk, Vicki Jensen, Zach Dorholt
Rumblings about the marriage amendment’s unpopularity in the western suburbs came early in the campaign season. Orange and blue “vote no” signs vastly outnumbered “vote yes” ones, particularly in places like Edina, and Republican candidates running for the Legislature avoided the issue at the doors and in debates at all cost.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers said he won’t seek the caucus’s top leadership position when they hold their post-election meeting on Saturday. Less than 24 hours after both houses of the Legislature flipped from Republican to DFL control, Zellers said he thought it best for him to step aside.
by Paul Demko
Published: October 5, 2012
Tags: Abby Dawkins, Anne Barry, Christoper Lee, Christopher Jackson, Clarence Opheim, Dru Sjodin, Edward Bearse, Eric Janus, James Nobles, Jannine Hebert, Jon Brandt, Kurt Zellers, Lincoln Brown, Lucy Coon, Mark Dayton, Matt Dean, Michael Miner, Mike Freeman, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Moose Lake, MSOP, Robert Longo, St. Peter, Timothy Coon, Warren Limmer, Warren Maas
Timothy Coon could spend his whole life confined to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program for actions he committed as a juvenile. And there are more than 50 others like him inside the walls of MSOP.
Far away from St. Paul, a group of counties in southeastern Minnesota has been trying to convert the much-talked-about notion of government services consolidation into reality. For Laura Elvebak, Waseca County’s administrator, the county’s outlook makes what’s generally known as government redesign a matter of survival.