Gazelka will join House Speaker
Although legislators have pledged to take up spiking health insurance premiums, tax cuts and transportation projects, some amount of gridlock is likely, given the yawning gap in priorities between Dayton and
Gazelka, a socially conservative insurance agent who lives in
Gazelka, who was educated at
Gazelka thanked Hann: "We will never forget all the work that he's done," he said. And he struck a conciliatory tone, saying, "You have to build bridges."
Gazelka said the caucus was united with a "sense of direction and destiny."
Asked if he had spoken to Dayton, he joked that the governor probably didn't even know he was caucus leader yet.
Gazelka said he is open to Dayton's plan to give rebates to people socked with health insurance premium increases, but he added that any rebate plan must come with fundamental changes to MNsure, the state version of the Affordable Care Act.
"Relief without reform will not get us where we need to go," he said.
Gazelka, who introduced the 12 new Republican members, said other priorities will include tax cuts and road and bridge infrastructure.
Senate DFLers had their own caucus meeting and re-elected Sen.
House DFLers named Rep.
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