Arrest That Man

Remember when Governor Scott Walker sent the Wisconsin State Patrol after Democrats who fled the Capitol to prevent their lawmaking body from passing Walker’s policies? Many on the left thought it was dangerous and excessive.

Well, in Minnesota there is a push to make it clear as day that Legislators can be arrested during the Legislative session.

If only we could arrest the Legislators responsible for forcing MNSure and all the taxes on us in …..

Apparently there is nothing better to do over there.

 

Dayton & Betty 180 Degrees Apart On Obamacare & MNSure

Did Dayton Screw Up MNSure?

The United States has a population of roughly 318,000,000. Take a look at what an entrenched left wing ideologue who doesn’t have to fave voters to be held accountable had to say.

McCollum Obamacare Tweet

 

This was done on the very same day that left wing ideologue Governor Mark Dayton finally admitted he had been ignoring reality all along on Minnesota’s failed version of Obamacare called MNSure.

Kill MNsure? Maybe, Dayton says

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he is open to abolishing MNsure, the embattled health insurance exchange he has championed and defended from Republican attacks.

That’s the most drastic option Dayton mentioned in a letter calling for a task force to study “future options” for health care reform in Minnesota.

Dayton said the task force could consider:

— Replacing MNsure with a federal health insurance exchange.

— Keeping MNsure but seeking a federal waiver to make major reforms.

— Simply making minor adjustments to shore up the agency.

“The task force would consider all conceivable options,” Dayton wrote in the letter to legislative leaders.

Gee. Those were all of the things that his Republican opponents were saying a year ago that were flatly denied by Dayton and the press. Heck, up until 1 month ago, Dayton and Minnesota Democrat leaders were claiming everything was working just fine.

But on one hand you a have a Washington Democrat praising Obamacare but on the other you have a Minnesota Democrat admitting the ruse is up and MNSure (the State version of Obamacare) is an absolute failure in need of drastic fixes or all out scrapping.

Well main stream media. What side of this argument are you on now?

And do you think maybe the DFL Senate & House Republican Caucuses in Minnesota have beefed Dayton to let MNSure die because they are on the ballot in 2018 and MNSure is an even bigger mess than previously admitted?

Don’t forget, they just had to lower enrollment goals again for next year because consumers have seen through the fog and realized its better to shop in the real private market without Government interference.

Give It All Back – 42% Budget Growth Is Too Much

There apparently is controversy in the GOP ranks at the Capitol on what to do with the $2 billion surplus for some reason. This shocks me. I mean how could you not instinctively just say, give it all back?

An opening hand of anything less than 100% give it all back is disappointing and won’t sit well with the public in 365 days when Legislators once again face activists and voters.

The rate of growth in stats spending under Governor Dayton is mind blowing. The very first budget that he begrudgingly signed for 2010-11 was $30 billion. His proposed 206-17 budget starts at $42.5 Billion.

THAT’S A $12.5 BILLION INCREASE IN UNDER DAYTON!

A 42% spending increase under Gov.Dayton! 

MN budget 20 yr chart

Any Republican offer that includes any of the budget surplus is a stamp of approval to the ginormous spending increases from Dayton and Democrats over the last 4 years.

I know it is not easy to “cut”. I know the press and the minions on the left will hammer any Republican who dares to return money back to the hard working people of Minnesota. I do. Its going to make being a Legislator uncomfortable trying to reduce or at least freeze state spending.

Failure to give it all back is only going to galvanize the DFL stranglehold on power in this state.

Dayton’s Unsustainable Budgeting

The Minnesota budget has increased 200% over the last 20 years. I created this chart that shows the growth is Minnesota’s general fund spending since 1992. I included the percent increase because its shocking. (Budget numbers are from MMB)

MN budget 20 yr chart

Governor Dayton is proposing 2 different spending numbers.

Proposed budget: $42,497,000

Transportation plan: 10 year spending: $8.731 / 10 = $0.8731 per year making his budget actually: $43,370,000

 

His budget, and the extra taxes on top of his budget for his transportation plan which is the only way he will fix our crumbling roads and bridges, would add either a 7% increase or a 10% spending increase.

Oh I know. a $10 billion increase in State Spending since Dayton took office “sounds” like a lot of money……..

Take a look at what Minnesota’s budget since 1992 would look like with just cost of living adjustments.

3% COLA Growth
1992-93 (Actual) $14,496,834.00
1994-95 $14,931,739.02
1996-97 $15,379,691.19
1998-99 $15,841,081.93
2000-01 $16,316,314.38
2002-03 $16,805,803.82
2004-05 $17,309,977.93
2006-07 $17,829,277.27
2008-09 $18,364,155.59
2010-11 $18,915,080.25
2012-13 $19,482,532.66
2014-15 $20,067,008.64

 

Bi-Partisan Deal Allows Dayton To Hand Out Pay Raises Still

Albeit, he only has one day to do it, I personally wouldn’t tempt Mark Dayton to see how much taxpayer money he could hand out to his friends in 24 hours with out any Legislative approval or oversight.

Why would it be wrong to hand out pay raises with out Legislative oversight and approval on 364 days of the year, but OK on just one?

KSTP: Dayton Won’t Reveal Commissioners’ Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t revealing what kind of raises he’ll grant agency commissioners under a bill that gives him a one-day window to decide.

Dayton made it clear Thursday he’ll sign a bill negotiated with the House, Senate and his administration. Both chambers are due to take final votes later in the day.

The bill wipes out big raises he awarded to his cabinet last month, but lets him give new ones on July 1. After that, any commissioner pay hikes would need legislative approval. Asked about his intentions, The Democratic governor would only say: “Ask me on June 30th.”

Well played Gov. Dayton. Well played.

It appears the bill will be voted on later today. Contact your Legislators to tell them to vote against this agreement.

Maybe Malmlov Is Just Jealous She Missed Out On Dayton’s Huge Raises

The original head of MNSure, The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange, April Todd-Malmlov is refusing to participate in an official review of the program’s utter failure and proposal to fix it, unless she not only is paid, but so are her legal bills.

Legal bills?

If Minnesota government had paid someone $200 million to build a highway from one town to another, and they forgot to include onramps or pavement, there would be legal charges against them….

James Nobles, the state’s legislative auditor, spent a year figuring out what went wrong, and he says Todd-Malmlov refused to cooperate.

“She would participate and respond if we paid her,” Nobles said.

Governor Mark Dayton handpicked Malmlov to get MNSure The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange up and running. Not only did she fail to do so, she handed out huge bonuses but took a vacation with Minnesota’s Medicaid director during the rollout.

Marshall Tanick, Todd-Malmlov’s attorney, told WCCO-TV on Wednesday that she is “more than happy to cooperate, willing to cooperate.”

But Tanick said  the law in Minnesota very clearly requires the state to reimburse ex-employees for the time, expenses and legal fees they incur in investigations like this. And that auditor Nobles was not willing to do that.

Todd-Malmlov works in Washington, DC, for a health consulting firm, and people close to her say she wants to get on with her life.

But she also believes she’s getting blamed unfairly for all the MNsure problems, so it’s possible one day we’ll hear her side of the story.

Is this what Governor Mark Dayton meant when he said we needed to pay state employees more to retain the top talent?

HT To Ed Morrisey & HotAir on the original story. It has lots of other links and references. Well worth the read.

MNSURE: A Textbook Example Of Why Not To Govern By Emotions

Of course no one wants people to suffer with out health care. No, there aren’t people who really want people to choose between health insurance and food.

But that doesn’t mean MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange – was a good way to prevent any of the tear jerking stories used by Governor Dayton (and President Obama) to enact MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange.

MNsure audit: ‘very silly’ turf battle contributed to issues
By David Montgomery – Pioneer Press

MNsure “fell far short” of its promises to provide an easy way for Minnesotans to buy health care in its first year, a harsh new audit has found.

“In its first year of operations, MNsure’s failures outweighed its achievements,” the Minnesota Office of Legislative Audit’s months-long review of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange concluded.

This report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor confirms many of the claims opponents of MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange, had before it was even passed. Criticisms and input ignored by Governor Mark Dayton. Many of these problems could have been prevented. The report also exposes how there have been problems identified by 3rd party professional auditing firms that have also been ignored.

Hundreds of millions have already gone into MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange. How much more will they need to have something that will work? And mind you, long before MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange became law of the law in Minnesota, well over 90% of Minnesotans had health insurance.

How much more expensive is this affordable health insurance going to be? 

You can find the report on the MN Legislative Auditor’s website by clicking here.

New Rule: You Don’t Get To Say Middle Class Unless You Define It

DFL Senator John Marty….. I’d say he is clearly a Marxist, but I bet he’d be proud of that.

Time to End Worker Poverty

[…]

Despite ample political rhetoric about “supporting the middle class,” neither party has had the courage to back initiatives to end poverty, even among working families.

If there is no longer anything below the middle class does that mean the middle class is now the lower class?

Since the Poverty Commission issued its final report in 2009, Minnesota has made little progress with the exception of last year’s increase in the minimum wage. With a public consensus that workers should not live in poverty, it is time we take action.

I introduced legislation, Senate File 890, to ensure workers can afford basic necessities:

  • The phased-in increase in the minimum wage would continue beyond the $9.50/hour in 2016. The legislation would add 75¢/hour every year from 2017 through 2020, when it would reach $12.50/hour.

The goal of Sen. Marty is to “eliminate poverty”. Sounds lovely, but its impossible to do by mandating massive wage increases. Its almost as if Sen. Marty thinks money grows on trees and employers have vaults full of cash that they are hiding from their employees.

Its really easy to be charitable with other people’s money. Redistribution by any other name….

Friends of Dayton Raises Hit MNSure – Pathetic 12% Enrollment Rate Means Big Raises For MNSure Board

If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.

MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.

In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway

But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )

Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.

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Source: MN House GOP Research

Employee 2013 Compensation
(prorated full year)
2014 Compensation Change Change %
Barber, Carley $89,716 $99,532 $9,816 10.94%
Burns, Katherine $129,314 $151,940 $22,626 17.50%
Cammack, Martin Not Provided Not Provided
Campbell, Joseph - $103,737
Drinkwine, Jodi $70,798 $74,376 $3,578 5.05%
Fink, Krista Jean-Guinn $89,386 $103,381 $13,995 15.66%
Kehner, Carol Ann $131,534 $142,148 $10,614 8.07%
Kennedy, Jessica $83,874 $90,839 $6,965 8.30%
Minikel, Stephen $89,536 $118,715 $29,179 32.59%
Nyanjom, John $88,184 $96,197 $8,013 9.09%
Reich, John $119,186 $126,775 $7,589 6.37%
Turpin, Michael $118,630 $125,364 $6,734 5.68%
Van Sant, David $87,546 $93,730 $6,184 7.06%
Wessel, Christina - $96,451
Total $125,293