Breaking News: Dayton to headline DOTH!

28 Feb

Gov. Mark Dayton

Media Contact: John Nemo, MNA, 651-442-7176 (cell) or

ST. PAUL (February 28, 2011) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will speak to hundreds of Minnesota Nurses on Tuesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. inside the State Capitol Rotunda as part of the Minnesota Nurses Association’s (MNA) annual “Day on the Hill” event.

Tuesday marks the first day Minnesota can begin opting in to Federal Medical Assistance (MA) funds that are expected to bring the state $1.2 billion in federal money for hospitals and clinics while providing healthcare for 95,000 Minnesota residents who are unable to obtain healthcare coverage on their own.

Dayton will speak on his decision to accept the MA expansion funds and also comment on the latest developments out of Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of working families have been rallying for the past two weeks in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to bust the state’s public employee unions.

Speaking to several hundred nurses gathered inside the State Capitol Rotunda, Dayton will be joined onstage at 12:30 pm by DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, MNA President Linda Hamilton, State Rep. Paul Thissen and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson.

The press conference, which runs from 12:30-1:00 pm, will be streamed live on the MNA’s Web site at

WHO: Gov. Mark Dayton, DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, MN AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, State Rep. Paul Thissen and MNA President Linda Hamilton

WHAT: Minnesota Nurses Association’s “Day on the Hill”

WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1 from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

WHY: Dayton and others will speak about the state officially opting into to federal MA funding and the latest developments out of Madison, Wisconsin.

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