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Senator Mark Koran: Do we really trust the Department of Human Services (DHS)?

Senate Republicans are Advancing Minnesota with a pro-growth tax relief plan and meaningful health care reforms. Watch me talk about the highlights from this week in this video from the Capitol!

Senator Mark Koran questions the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board on the fair market value of suites they used for family and friends on the back of the taxpayers

Radio Interviews

Up and At 'Em March 16, 2017

Senator Mark Koran's talks about health insurance and Real ID. His segment starts at 1:15.

Up and At 'Em February 14, 2017

Senator Mark Koran on his questions at MSFA hearing. His segment starts at 1:13.

Up and At 'Em January 19, 2017

Senator Mark Koran on health care and government bureaucracy. His segment starts at 1:05.

News Articles

Sen. Koran earns “Guardian of Small Business Award”

Sen. Koran earns “Guardian of Small Business Award”

Sen. Mark KoranJanuary 25, 2019

North Branch lawmaker especially helpful on pro-Main Street votes

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Minnesota announced the presentation of its Guardian of Small Business award to Senator Mark Koran (R-North Branch) for his votes in support of small businesses in the Minnesota State Senate. With 10,000 members statewide, NFIB is Minnesota’s largest small-business group.

“Small businesses drive Minnesota’s economy,” said Senator Koran. “From providing needed services and shopping options in our communities to local job creation, small businesses make our areas better places to live. I will continue to support policies that encourage small businesses to grow.”

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Sen. Koran unveils 2019 session priorities

January 11, 2019

Holding government accountable, affordable childcare, & health care among priorities

During the first week of the 2019 legislative session, Senator Mark Koran (R-North Branch) joined his Minnesota Senate colleagues in unveiling their top priorities for the upcoming session, placing a focus on Minnesota families.

"I hear from neighbors in our community about the daily struggle to make ends meet,” said Senator Koran. “From over taxation, to the rising cost of health care, to a lack of affordable childcare, family budgets are being squeezed. This session, my fellow legislators and I aim to deliver a balanced state budget that grows the wallets of Minnesotans while investing in the issues that matter most.”

Legislators identified tackling the growing mental health crisis, lowering the cost of health care through price transparency, addressing the lack of affordable childcare options in Greater Minnesota, and conforming Minnesota’s tax code to the federal tax code to avoid filing headaches and pass on savings to families, as top priorities this session. Additionally, Senator Koran and his colleagues announced they will introduce several proposals to hold government more accountable and stop wasting money in the areas of child care fraud, Minnesota’s DMV program MNLARS, and other statewide IT failures.

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Press Releases

January 12, 2017

Katie Fulkerson, (651) 296-5133

Senate Republicans accomplish healthcare aid, reforms, and tax relief with bipartisan support in first two weeks of session (St. Paul, MN)… Senate Republicans today passed major healthcare and tax relief bills with bipartisan support less than two weeks after the start of the 2017 legislative session, marking a distinct turning point from recent gridlock at the Capitol.

“This is the start of four years of accomplishment for the Minnesota Senate under a Republican majority,” said Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa). “We promised voters we would reverse the negative tone at the Capitol and work hard for the benefit of all Minnesotans. In the first two weeks of the legislative session, we focused on the important issues and we’re already getting things done.”

The relief and reforms included in the 2017 Healthcare Emergency Aid and Access Act (S.F. 1) were the topic of urgent debate for months after healthcare premiums skyrocketed for those who purchase insurance in Minnesota’s individual market. The bill will allocate $285 million in emergency aid for those facing unaffordable healthcare premiums, $15 million for very ill patients to continue their current course of treatment, it will create a reinsurance program to end the uncertainty in the individual market, and includes small employer reforms to address the lack of options in Greater Minnesota.

“Republicans are delivering on our promise to begin reforming Minnesota’s broken healthcare system,” added Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), chief author of the 2017 Healthcare Emergency Aid and Access Act. “We’re also providing emergency access and aid to families who, through no fault of their own, have lost their doctors and are being told they must sell their homes to afford skyrocketing health insurance premiums.”

Republicans also passed $21 million in tax relief that will bring Minnesota’s tax laws in line with federal tax laws (H.F. 2). The bill passed with unanimous support, and includes:
  • Itemized tax deduction for mortgage insurance premiums
  • $250 tax deduction for teachers’ classroom expenses
  • Elimination of the marriage penalty in the Working Family Tax Credit phase-out
  • Extension of the statute of limitations for certain veterans to collect combat pay
  • Tax relief for individuals facing a short-sale of their home

“The Senate’s bipartisan approval of tax relief this early in the legislative session is an encouraging sign,” said Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), chief author of the federal tax conformity bill. "Republicans will introduce even more broad-based tax relief this year, starting with popular provisions from last year’s vetoed tax bill. I’m optimistic this is just a small sliver of the tax relief we’ll deliver to Minnesota families this year.”

Radio Interviews

MPR Radio Interview (prior to the primary)

Letters to the Editor