Education Town Hall in Morris, Saturday the 16th

Hi everyone, I’ll be holding a town hall meeting focused on education THIS Saturday at 10am in Morris.  Rep. Paul Marquart will be there as chair of the House Education Finance Committee to present as well.

Here’s some more info.

Reps. Jay McNamar and Paul Marquart to Hold Morris Town Hall Meeting March 16 on Building the World’s Best Workforce

Reps. Jay McNamar (DFL – Elbow Lake) and Paul Marquart (DFL – Dilworth), chair of the House Education Finance Committee will hold a town hall meeting in Morris at 10 AM, Saturday, March 16 in the Morris City Council Chambers. Rep. Marquart will deliver a short presentation on education and building the world’s best workforce before opening the meeting up for questions and discussion.

WHO: Rep. Jay McNamar and Rep. Paul Marquart, chair of the House Education Finance Committee

WHAT: Town hall meeting — Presentation on “Putting Our Kids on the Path to the World’s Best Workforce” and discussion

WHERE: Morris City Council Chambers, Stevens County Senior Center, 603 Oregon Ave, Morris, MN 56267

WHEN: 10 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2013




Great Turnout for Town Halls

Hey everyone,

Sen. Westrom and I had a great turnout for our Town Hall Meetings last week.  We made stops in Breckenridge, Elbow Lake, Morris, Ortonville, and Wheaton.  At each stop, we had the chance to talk to a number of different community members about issues ranging from investing in education to property taxes.  Thanks to everyone who came out to talk with us.

I was also able to get dozens of survey results from people across the district to go along with some that were sent out in the mail and some that were filled out online (CLICK HERE to take the survey).  We’re still gathering results so I encourage you to take 5 minutes and fill it out.  Once I have the results collected, I’ll have an even better idea for how the district feels on a number of important issues.

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FFA Day at the Capitol

Hey everyone

I got the chance to meet with FFA students from West Central Area Schools and the Morris Area Schools. It was a great opportunity to talk to some young leaders in our communities across the district.  They were all sharp and excited about their work.

Here’s me with West Central

And here’s me with Morris Area

And here’s the combined group all together!

Thanks again for coming to visit me!

Legislative Survey!

Hey everyone,

I’ve created a survey to gather input from throughout the district and I’d love for you to participate.  I’ll be bringing paper copies of the survey to my Town Hall Meetings on Friday the 22nd, but you can also fill it out online.

Send the link to anyone you know in the district.  OR, invite them to ‘Like’ my facebook page ( so they can stay updated after I release the results.


Jay’s Position on Two Issues Covered by the Echo Press

I posted earlier this week about my ARMER radio bill.  It’s getting good coverage in our district.  Over on the east side of 12A, the Echo Press is writing on the issue. Click Here to read their story.

They are also running a story about my vote to expand health insurance coverage for low income Minnesotans.  One thing I want to point out on this issue, is that by covering people on an actual insurance plan, we are going to reduce the overall health care costs for every single Minnesotan.  The reduction happens because instead of going to an emergency room and creating very high costs for things that could be much more affordable, uninsured people raise the cost of health care for those that ARE insured.  This plan will reduce those inflated costs AND the cost to cover these 40,000 new Minnesotans is covered by the federal budget and won’t impact our state dollars. Click Here to see that story.

Remember to tell your friends about this blog and my facebook page (  I’ll keep them updated throughout the session on everything I’m working on.  And anytime you have any questions, make sure to let me know.  My contact info can be found at

Jay Introduces a Bill to Support EMS Services

Hey everyone,

Today I presented a bill to the Taxes Committee that would make all ARMER Radio purchases exempt from state taxes.

Currently first responders, fire fighters, police officers, and anyone who uses the same kind of radio to do their job are required to upgrade their radio equipment to equipment that uses a new frequency.  But for smaller communities, the cost to upgrade that equipment can be a huge expense. This bill will help lessen the burden on those communities, by bringing the cost down slightly and it will keep Minnesotan’s safe by ensuring they always have first responders to help in an emergency.

You can find out more about my bill by clicking here.  I’ll also be sending more updates as it moves through committees.

This is me with some of those who testified for the Committee and Rep. Dan Schoen (in yellow), a graduate of MACCRAY High School and and a member of the MN Police & Peace Officers Association.

Town Hall Meetings Coming Up

Hey everyone,

I hope you survived the blizzard over the past few days.  I just escaped the snow to get back down to St. Paul.  And it was all worth it to get our first couple bill passed on the House floor. But I’ll update you on those specifics later this week.  Right now, I wanted to let you know that I have a few town halls scheduled over the next couple months, starting in just over a week on February 22nd.

Here’s the link to all of the Town Halls I have scheduled so far.


Jay visits with Morris Students at ‘Support the U’ Day

Hey everyone,

Today I got to visit with a few students from the University of Minnesota, Morris.  They were at the Capitol for the ‘Support the U’ Day that happens every year to remind the Legislature of all the good things that the University of Minnesota brings to the state, including our district.

In this photo I was listening to Joseph Kreisman, a UMM student, as he gave a speech in the State Capitol Rotunda.

Students like Joseph work hard to get a good education and give back to the community.  We’re lucky to have such a strong university in West Central Minnesota!