Unfortunately, it is too late to stop the most wasteful and unnecessary spending project in recent memory
the new Senate office building. Because Gov. Dayton needed to double his office space in the State Capitol, the Senate will soon move into a brand new building across the street, costing taxpayers $90 million. Republicans never supported this plan but unfortunately lacked the votes to stop it. We were disappointed in the lack of time and attention Gov. Dayton paid to two very important issues in both his speech and his legislative agenda
healthcare reform and education reform. We did not hear a clear vision for the future of healthcare in Minnesota. We
didn’t hear solutions for people who are now stuck without a way to obtain
health insurance until 2015. Instead, we are stuck in the middle of a horribly failed federal government expe
riment to take over Minnesota’s nation
-leading healthcare system by replacing it with MNsure.
We spent $160 million building a website that didn’t work and in the process
280,000 Minnesotans lost their healthcare plan or doctor. This is not what Gov. Dayton promised us in previous state of the state speeches. In his first speech in 2011, Dayton proclaimed that all Minnesotans need and deserve access to quality healthcare professionals, clinics and hospitals at the most affordable prices.
In last year’s speech, Dayton promised that MNsure would provide healthcare
to an additional 145,000 poor Minnesotans who do not have insurance today. Unfortunately, due to the implementation of Obamacare in Minnesota, known as MNsure, costs are going up for everyone and access is becoming harder. And there is no record of any uninsured Minnesotan gaining insurance through MNsure. Republicans offered many ideas to reform and fix our healthcare challenges and we will keep working hard to return Minnesota to our nation-leading position in quality, access and affordability. But to date, the Democrats have listened to very few of our ideas and wonder why MNsure is failing. Republican ideas are also not being heard when it comes to education reform.