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REP. DAVIDS: MNsure A COSTLY, EMBARRASSING INVESTMENT TO MINNESOTA


Mon, Oct 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – State lawmakers recently learned about the performance of MNsure - Minnesota’s version of Obamacare - and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the results are startling and

embarrassing.



“Zero people have completed enrollment because the system wasn’t ready for prime time,” Davids said. “Worse, out of five million Minnesotans, only 3,769 people have had enough interest to create a MNsure account and learn more about the program.”



Davids said part of the problem stems from MNsure’s failure to distribute necessary application information to participating health plans. Without it, a person cannot enroll.



“Minnesota taxpayers have already spent $150 million on MNsure in order to meet the demand of the uninsured, yet the program isn’t functioning the way Democrats guaranteed it would,” Davids said.



The enrollment numbers are troubling because Governor Dayton and legislative leadership promised MNsure would be self sustaining. Davids noted that the longer MNsure remains in disarray, the more people will become frustrated with the program and fail to actually acquire health insurance. If fewer people enroll in the program than anticipated, the health insurance tax for those who do participate in MNsure will be higher.



“If MNsure fails to meet goals, Minnesotans will pay more for health insurance,” Davids said. “Southeastern Minnesota already had the highest health insurance rates in the state under Mnsure, and those numbers will continue to rise if this pathetic performance continues.”



“Next session, it’s up to Governor Dayton and the Democratic leadership that forced this expensive nonsense down our throats to take some responsibility and fix the program,” Davids continued. “MNsure was hastily cobbled together and it’s clearly not working. When you’re spending hundreds of millions every year in order to provide Minnesotans cheap health care, then discover Minnesotans can’t sign up

and that the health care isn’t cheap, that’s a pretty clear sign that you’ve failed.”

STATE PATROL TO STEP UP COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT OCT. 20-26

Mon, Oct 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is stepping up traffic enforcement activity statewide Oct. 20-26 as part of a nationwide effort to increase commercial and passenger vehicle driver awareness. During Operati ..... 
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Lane restrictions on Highway 63 near Stewartville begin Oct. 21

Thu, Oct 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Highway 63 near Stewartville will encounter a lane closure beginning Monday, Oct. 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The closure ..... 
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Prescribed burns scheduled in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Oct 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see smoke from prescribed burns throughout the fall along various highways, including: Highway 14 west of Claremont Highway 52 near Harmony and Canton Highway 56 between Rose Creek and LeRoy Interstate 90 ..... 
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MnDOT announces availability of $13 million in grants for local transportation alternative projects

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Local communities and regional agencies are invited to take advantage of a new $13 million competitive grant program intended to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School an ..... 
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Repairs to Highway 76 slope begins Oct. 11

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Damages sustained during June 2013 floods ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter single lane traffic along Highway 76 south of Highway 16 beginning Friday, Oct. 11, as crews repair the roadway slopes damaged during the June 2013 floods. ..... 
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Highway 80 construction in Fillmore County begins Oct. 3

Tue, Oct 1st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 80 between Highway 16 and Highway 52 beginning Thursday, Oct. 3, weather permitting, as crews begin resurfacing the road. Flaggers will control traffic throughout the proj ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota, September 23- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 12.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the natio ..... 
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State gains 12,200 jobs in August - Minnesota recovers all jobs lost from the recession

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – employers added 12,200 jobs in August, pushing total jobs in the state over the pre-recessionary peak that was reached in February 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic D ..... 
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