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Thursday, Senate Republicans voted to make Paul Gazelka the new Senate Majority Leader for the 2017-18 session. At his press conference after the vote, Sen. Gazelka said that “the Republican agenda for the 2017 session with include reduced government spending, tax relief and reduced healthcare costs.”

There’s certainly a mandate to fix MNsure and Minnesota’s health care system. Health insurance premiums have gone through the roof. Access is getting more limited each year. Options are dwindling each year, too. It’s worth noting that House and Senate Republicans ran on fixing MNsure and on skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

According to this article, Sen. Gazelka understands the situation they’re in, saying “We’re going to have to figure out a way to work together at some level. We’re going to work with the governor. We’re going to work with the House and we’re going to do good things for Minnesota.” It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict that Gov. Dayton will pick lots of fights with Republicans.

Last year, when there was a DFL majority in the Senate, Gov. Dayton still threw a hissy fit pretty much each week. He campaigned hard for an all-DFL legislature, saying that was the only way they’d get things done, which I wrote about here, here, and here. It isn’t just that Gov. Dayton didn’t get an all-DFL legislature. It’s that Minnesotans gave us GOP majorities in the House and Senate.

This is the video of the Senate GOP announcement of Sen. Gazelka getting elected as the Senate Majority Leader-elect: