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Legislative successes

May 8, 2012
The Journal

While the legislative sausage grinder ground on Monday on the Vikings stadium issue, it was comforting to look back on some of the successes.

Earlier in the day, the House passed a $496 million bonding bill that focused on state college construction, transportation infrastructure, and a start on repairing the State Capitol building. It is a bare bones kind of bill, but will allow some important work to be done. It moves to the senate.

Last week, the Legislature passed and the governor signed the bill allowing much needed increases in state hunting and fishing license fees, to give the Minnesota DNR funding enough to maintain our excellent wildlife and fisheries programs.

Earlier in the year, the state passed a bill providing greater transparency in cases where local governments buy out the contracts of employees. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district reached a quarter million dollar separatoin agreement with its former human resources director, on the job less than a year, with no explanation. The new law will make those kinds of separations public, as they should be.

Good things have happened in the Legislature this year. We hope the stadium decision will be one of them.



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