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Continued: MNsure draws criticism for its grant-award process

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 10, 2013 - 9:06 PM

Scott Gray, CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League, said his group “wants to see MNsure be successful.”

The organization’s roots go back 87 years and “should not be turned back in a process like this,” Gray said. “We think we have the capacity to do the work.”

Todd-Malmlov said the recipients, whose applications are not yet public, were selected based on scoring criteria and that it was important to include some with geographic reach beyond the Twin Cities.

Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, singled out several recipients, including a pro-MNsure small-business group and a coalition just a few days old, saying their selection gave “the appearance of impropriety.”

Rep. Dianne Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis, shared concerns that deep community resources weren’t represented.

“I hope it wasn’t a reward for good grant writing,” she said.

Jackie Crosby • 612-673-7335

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