MNsure outreach staff and MNsure community liaisons will attend several public events this season to talk with Minnesotans about the benefits of MNsure. Attendees, spectators and participants are encouraged to bring their questions about how MNsure can help them find quality health plans at a fair price; questions about finding in-person help with enrollment, coverage options, and more. Event details are below.
Central Minnesota Wellness Expo
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: River’s Edge
Convention Center, St. Cloud
The 2014 legislative session starts Feb. 25 and the agenda is forming. It is a mix of important business and other proposals I would rather see fall by the wayside.
This is not a budget year in name, but there still could be budget-related bills under consideration. For example, some of the more-than $2 billion in tax increases Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats enacted in 2013 are now receiving bipartisan support for repeal. This should be among our top priorities after the gavel signals our start.
Three taxes in particular – warehousing, telecommunications and equipment repair – are gaining widespread support for appeal. We soon will receive an updated economic forecast, which will reveal where our bottom line sits and whether there will be excess revenue that could be used to repeal taxes. The last forecast essentially showed we were taxed more than $1 billion too much in the new budget.
A special election was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Eden Valley to fill a second vacancy on the city council, that left by Cheryl Thielen. His term will end Dec. 31, 2016. Kern also will serve as Fire & Rescue Commissioner.
With a total of 73 individuals braving bitter cold temperatures to vote, Mark Kern won with 43 votes. Robert Bischof received 19 votes, and Brent Bengtson received 11.
The first major event of the 2014 election season is Tuesday, Feb. 4, as Minnesota’s political parties hold their precinct caucuses. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie urges Minnesota voters to participate and attend their party’s caucus.
“Your political party’s platform starts at the caucus with the ideas and voices of its supporters,” says Ritchie. “Neighborhood caucuses provide a rich and productive environment for people to get involved in their party’s activities and the political process.”
Stearns County is holding its 30th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference Saturday, Feb. 8. The conference serves as an opportunity for training and recognition of Stearns County EMS providers.
The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Peter Engel Science Center at St. John’s University.
The Stearns County Human Services Board uses this special day not only as training, but as a way to thank the County’s EMS personnel who play a vital role in saving lives and protecting the health of Stearns County citizens.