Hospitality Minnesota Endorsement

The Hospitality Political Action Committee (HOPAC) is pleased to endorse you for election to the Minnesota State Legislature.  Thank you for your willingness to serve your community be running for public office.  The trade associations representing Minnesota's restaurants, hotels, resorts and campgrounds work together to back candidates that understand and support the importance of hospitality and tourism in our state.  

State Representative Diane Anderson Earns Guardian of Small Business Award

St. Paul, Minn, Oct. 11, 2012 -- The state's largest small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, today announced that State Representative Diane Anderson of Eagan was awarded the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award.

The National Federation of Independent Business has more than 12,000 members in Minnesota, making it the largest business group in terms of entities.  To win a Guardian of Small Business Award, legislators had to demonstrate a pro-small-business voting record during the 87th session of the Minnesota legislature.  Lawmakers were scored based on 10 votes taken in the sate House of Representatives and Senate.

"She made many votes in support of small business during the recent 2011-12 legislative session, including voting for the critical tax reductions and reforms to make Minnesota more competitive and also supported major tort reforms to reduce lawsuit abuse.  She also supported a critical measure that required the Legislature to review and approve new rules and regulations that are burdensome and expensive for small businesses to comply with before they go into efffect.  State Representative Anderson is a real friend of small business, and we are happy to announce that she has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award," said Mike Hickey, NFIB State Director.

Representative Diane Anderson Endorsed by State's Leading Small Business Group

St. Paul, MN, Sept 26, 2012 -- The state's largest small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, today announced that State Representative Diane Anderson (Eagan) has been endorsed by NFIB's political action committee, the NFIB/MN SAFE Trust.

The National Federation of Independent Business has more than 12,000 members in Minnesota, making it the largest business group in terms of entities.  "Representative Anderson is a strong supporter of small business, and had a perfect 100% score on the 2011-12 NFIB voting record," said State Director Mike Hickey.  "In her legislative race Representative Anderson is clearly the best candidate for small business."

"Representaitve Anderson made many votes in support of small business during the recent 2011-12 legislative session, including voting for critical tax reductions and reforms to make Minnesota more competitive and also supporting four major tort reform bills to to reduce lawsuit abuse.  She also supported a critical measure that required the legislature to review and approve new rules and regulations that are burdensome and expensive for small business to comply with before they go into effect.  Representative Anderson is a real friend of small business, and we are happy to announce her endorsement.

Long-Term Care Providers Endorse Diane Anderson

Bloomington, MN - CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Diane Anderson for re-election to the House of Representatives in District 51A.  Anderson's support and interest in long-term care was the primary reason she earned the CARE-PAC endorsement.

"Our dedicated long-term care professionals are proud to support Diane Anderson" said Patti Cullen, President and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota.  "Representative Anderson understands our state's long-term care issues and she has a deep commitment to maintaining Minnesota's reputation for high-quality long-term health care."

Cullen stated that the greatest threat facing Minnesota's long-term care community today revolves around the continued medicaid funding crisis.

"Over the past four years, nursing home rates have been frozen.  Minnesota law does not allow nursing homes to charge private pay residents anything above the Medicaid rate, so in effect the state dictates what we can charge (called rate equalization).  Additionally, over the past four years, between legislative and administrative cuts, there have been double-digit decreases to the rates that Medicaid will pay for services needed by seniors and people with disabilities in assisted living settings," commented Cullen.   "We are at a crisis point in our state and we need renewed state investment so we can continue to provide quality care to "the greatest generation."

"We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Anderson in finding solutions to this grave situation."

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