Mark Dayton distances himself from MNSure bonuses debacle

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Hoppe (right) to Dayton: "As the person responsible for bringing MNSure to life, it is imperative that your office develop a plan to spare Minnesotans from even more pain and frustration."
Fourteen MNSure managers made $26,000 in bonuses in November while the health care exchange website they were charged with rolling out struggled through a number of technical issues, state officials recently announced.

SEE ALSO: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

That revelation prompted Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, to fire off a stern letter to Governor Dayton comparing the bonuses to "the worst excesses of Wall Street."

"During the legislative process that led to MNSure's creation, Republicans expressed serious concerns about exempting management from normal rules governing state salaries," Hoppe writes. "It appears these concerns were warranted."

But Dayton sought to distance himself from the situation, much as he did last month when then-MNSure Executive Director April Todd-Malmov ended up resigning amid a controversy about a tropical vacation.

"By law, MNsure operates independently of the Governor. It is led by an Executive Director and governed by an appointed Board of Directors," Dayton's press secretary, Matt Swenson, said in a statement. "They have complete authority to set and administer MNsure's personnel policies. The Governor's Office was neither involved in, nor aware, of MNsure's bonuses."

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thomas.m.crouse
thomas.m.crouse

"the worst excesses of Wall Street." - HA!


Yeah, collecting a few $26,000 bonuses is similar to bankrupting an entire nation by hoarding its wealth.

SosMpls
SosMpls

He's not really a 'buck stops here' kind of guy, is he? 

okf2
okf2

As if you didn't figure it out when Dayton was our US Senator...he is both irresponsible and incompetent.    Why haven't some of you learned that lesson yet?

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

Gov. Mark Dayton had $343,234 in income last year, with his earnings from capital gains and dividends exceeding the income from his state salary of $116,125. He gets paid That ^ to behave like this.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Republicans don't care about fixing things or improving people's lives.  They only care about politics.   This asshole from Chaska doesn't care about improving healthcare he just knows how to get his name in the paper.   


The biggest way you can tell Joe Hoppe is nothing but a big fat phony is how he compares it to Wall Street.  See Joe thinks everyone is as stupid as the Republicans assholes that elected him.   Is Joe Hoppe really opposed to Wall Street?   Does he actually think they did anything wrong?    If he did he wouldn't be a Republican because they are bought and paid for by Wall Street.  What a total fraud.  He thinks you are stupid Minnesota voters.  Prove him wrong and vote DFL.  

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

I stand behind this 100%...Oh wait…If it is a problem, I have nothing to do with it. Typical

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Hahaha, just like his good buddy Barry and BarryCare now strictly called Affordable Care Act with Barrys name not on it..

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Same principle, smaller scale. Only assholes defend that behavior.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmannYou sick Moron.  This is a Crazy eyes Dumocrat Policy 100%.   Get back to making yourself feel better by promoting Abortion. 

Onan
Onan

It was called the ACA before it was called "BarryCare" as you so eloquently put it.

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@kurt124  


You do realize that you are responding to something that has severe mental issues as well as a low IQ? However, I will give MicheleBachmann some credit. At least it does not make violent threats against those who disagree with it. Unlike the MNJoe freak who is in his late 40's and still rides the city bus as his main source of transportation and is pissed off because the rich won't buy him a one-speed bike. LOL!


mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I care what he thinks.

Besides, you're the biggest racist coward on here

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