Rep. Jay McNamar
Wednesday evening, I had the privilege of joining a bipartisan handful of House and Senate members in escorting Governor Mark Dayton into the House Chamber to give the annual State of the State Address. The State of the State address is a tradition that goes back all the way to 1858 when Minnesota gained statehood. Every year since then, the Governor addresses a joint session of the Legislature about challenges, progress, and goals for the future.
When it comes to equitable pay and fairness in the workplace, I feel most everyone in our part of the state is willing to hold up their end of the bargain. Our legislative district spans a large area in West Central Minnesota with lots of open farming country and many tight-knit communities where everyone knows their neighbors.
This year’s short session is moving along at a rapid pace, and every day continues the progress we’re making for the state of Minnesota. Because the legislature has paid back schools and balanced the state budget, we’ve been able to really devote ourselves to expanding economic opportunity for working people in every part of the state.
I wanted to give you a brief update on the status of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, known as MNsure, and some information to help those who are experiencing challenges enrolling through the exchange. As you may know, MNsure launched in October with the lowest premium rates in the country and excellent insurance plans that could not deny Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions. It also did not have lifetime limits, and included out-of-pocket spending caps and covered preventive care. Unfortunately, it became clear that there were significant technical problems with the webs
None of us here in West Central Minnesota need to be reminded that it’s been cold outside. This winter has brought our part of the state especially cold temperatures that have lasted for extended periods of time. The thermometer outside my window in Elbow Lake reads -19° F as I’m writing this. While Minnesotans tend to be stoic in the face of this brutal weather, I want to remind folks that there are many people in our communities that are having trouble heating their homes this winter. Sadly, a great number of those people are senior citizens on fixed incomes.