The opioid bill passed by The Minnesota House this week is getting some national attention. The New York Times ran an article spotlighting the bill which creates a licensing fee for drug companies in order to create a 20 million dollar fund meant to fight the opioid addiction crises. Bill co-author Representative Dave Baker of Willmar had to fight fellow Republicans, including former House Speaker Kurt Daudt, get get passage on the house floor.
Regarding the 2% tax on Minnesota medical bills, it is scheduled to end, or sunset, this year but many would like to keep it on the books. It generates about 700 million dollars a year to fund MinnesotaCare health insurance for the poor. Representative Tim Miller would like to see it end, and divert taxes generated by tobacco sales toward MinnesotaCare.
Senator Andrew Lang suggests not ending it all at once.