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Legislature should get its work done

April 30, 2012
The Journal

Minnesota Republican legislative leaders were hoping to wrap things up and end the session on Monday, three weeks earlier than the constitutional ending point of May 21. Maybe they hoped to save the state some per diem payments, maybe they just wanted to get home and start campaigning for re-election. After all, every legislator is up for re-election this redistricting year.

But things are not wrapping up nicely and neatly. A bundle of bills of different shapes and sizes is waiting passage, and legislators should keep working until they get them done.

Among the issues are a Minnesota Vikings stadium, a decision that has been put off for years, and is finally reaching the critical point - make a decision now or risk losing the Vikings. It has been put off long enough and the state should figure out a way to work with the Vikings and Minneapolis on this.

The legislature also has work to do on taxing and bonding. House Speaker Kurt Zellars, who is most in favor of ending the session at the end of April, is also strongly pushing a tax cut package that will benefit businesses (who will then create some jobs, he believes), and a construction bonding bill. After all, the Republicans said their focus this session would be "jobs, jobs, jobs." It would be nice if they would pass some legislation that would result in some jobs.

Even if they have to work until May 21 to do it.



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