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Update from St. Paul

Friday, February 3, 2017

Greetings from the Capitol!

I had the pleasure of visiting with many constituents this week and hearing their thoughts on issues important to them:

Lake City Public Utilities

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Red Wing City Officials:  Marshall Hallock, Finance Director and Ron Seymour, Financial Analyst

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Credit Union Day at the Capitol: Anna Olson

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Firefighter Day at Capitol: Michael Dobkins, Peter Hanlin and Trent Wentlend

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Humane Society: Paula Johnson of Red Wing and Deb Fjetland of Welch

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Matthew Harfmann from Kasson-Mantorville High School shadowed me. He is with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). FCCLA is a career and technical student organization.

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MN Milk Producers Day at Capitol: Dave and Anne Buck

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Health Insurance Update and Clarification:

Since the passage of Senate File 1 last week, there have been some developments worth sharing:

  • There is a one week enrollment extension from February 1st – February 8th
  • Medica, which is only available through MNsure, is below its enrollment cap and will accept new enrollees from January 31st -February 8th
  • If you qualify for the 25% premium reduction, no action is required on your end, you will receive it automatically. (In order to qualify, you must have bought the plan on the individual market and not received a federal health insurance tax credit).

Tax Reciprocity:

This week I co-authored a bill (House File 183) that allows for a refundable income tax credit for Minnesotans who work in Wisconsin during years an income tax reciprocity agreement is not reached. Those who live in our community and work in Wisconsin should not be financially burdened for doing so.


If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding anything related to state government, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 651-296-8635.