Minnesota House Republicans have introduced a 10-year, $7 billion transportation plan that would not include a tax increase. The proposal would require funding for transit operations by the Metropolitan Council and a 15% savings in the state DOT's budget. Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats oppose the plan in favor of increasing gas and metro sales taxes.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the state's health insurance exchange bill on Wednesday, finalizing the creation of an online insurance marketplace expected to serve 1 million residents. State officials have announced that the exchange will be named MNSURE.
The Minnesota Legislature on Monday approved a plan to create a health insurance exchange, in a 39-28 Senate vote. The legislation, approved earlier by the House, now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, who has said he will sign it and whose administration already has begun work on building the exchange.
Minnesota legislators proposed a bill on Wednesday for the creation of a state health insurance exchange. The proposal also calls for a board to oversee the exchange. Minnesota received conditional approval to create an exchange from the federal government in December.
The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, a state affiliate of the Democratic Party, wants to get a health insurance exchange running and avoid federal control over such a marketplace. Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats announced the outline of an exchange on Monday. Republicans plan to introduce a health insurance bill that would not include an exchange, state Sen. David Hann said.