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News from Dave

Friday, January 27, 2017

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Dear Neighbors,

Here’s a short update from St. Paul:

Health Insurance Reform Passes

Heading into this session, one of my top priorities was helping those struggling to pay for their health insurance. I held listening sessions and heard from folks throughout the district and they wanted two things: lower costs and increased choice.

Our bill provides a 25% reduction of premiums for those on the individual market. We also fought for and passed reforms to ensure continuity of care as well as increased choice and competition to the health insurance system. I’m thrilled we could quickly pass this bill and provide immediate relief and reforms for Minnesotans. This is a great first step, and we’ll continue to look for ways to solve the health care crisis in Minnesota as session proceeds.


On Wednesday, I joined Senator Andrew Lang and Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper to tour the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services (CABHS) facility. We also met with other interested parties to discuss the expansion of CABHS. I'm a longtime advocate of CABHS, and am encouraged to finally see the governor's support for this project. This has been an important issue for me during my time in the Legislature, and I look forward to working with Sen. Lang, Governor Dayton, and the great folks at CABHS to help build this new facility.

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Weekend Events

Tomorrow is the Dad's Belgian Waffles Breakfast at Roosevelt Elementary School from 8:30-11:30am. All proceeds go to help our baseball and softball booster clubs. 

Also, don't forget the annual Polar Plunge on Green Lake supporting amazing work for Special Olympics!  Hope to see you out and about this weekend!

Please Contact Me

Your feedback and input are always welcome. Email me any time at, or call my office at 651-296-6206. You can also follow my updates on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Have a great weekend,