The 2013 legislative session adjourned late Monday night with just minutes to spare. This late-night conclusion, which resulted in $2 billion in total new taxes and nearly $3 billion in new spending, brought to an end a tumultuous session brought on by the dangers of one-party rule. It didn’t have to be this way.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders yesterday reached an absurd budget agreement that calls for nearly $3 billion in new taxes to resolve a $627 million deficit.
AFP-MN has compiled the following list of specific proposals for increased taxes, fees and spending that go above and beyond Gov. Dayton's own proposal. This list highlights bills and their authors leading the charge for dramatically higher taxes and increased government spending.
On Monday, March 12 at 8:00 a.m., the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee is holding the first hearing on the Employee Freedom Amendment.
AFP has just submitted official comments to HHS on the first major round of health care insurance exchange regulations issued under the Presidents new health care law. The regulations from HHS lack any meaningful flexibility for states to control their exchanges, which is critical to maintaining the quality and availability of health care coverage.
In our comments, AFP focused on three major flaws in the regulations: lack of flexibility, threats to the privacy of patients information and whether HHS has committed a regulatory taking by mandating insurers disclose patient data.