Minn DFL, GOP lawmakers recap 2014 legislative session

By KBJR News 1

May 19, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - There was no shortage of thanks as DFL lawmakers joined Duluth leaders Monday at City Hall.

"It's really difficult to imagine a better session for the city of Duluth in terms of the bonding priorities that we came forward with," said Mayor Don Ness.

The bonding bill included millions of dollars for key Duluth projects including

$3.4 million for Spirit Mountain and another $2.3 million for Wade Stadium.

The biggest project calls for $6.95 million for renovations at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth.

"It's going to be great for our local art scene, it's going to be terrific for downtown business, it's going to be a draw for tourism," said Christine Seitz with the Duluth Playhouse.

DFL Representative Mary Murphy credits teamwork in the successful crafting of the bonding bill.

"Representatives and Senators worked together like they never have before. The results show it," Rep. Murphy said.

Republican lawmakers however say some of that teamwork over the last two years resulted in misplaced priorities.

During a stop in Duluth GOP leaders took Democrats to task over MNsure, revenue losses and increased spending.

"Potholes are a huge issue, but the priority is to build a $90 million Senate office building that's not needed," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)

Republicans are wasting no time in looking ahead to November.

"We have a chance to elect a Republican Majority in the House, a Republican Governor, and begin to restore balance, to restore the trust of the people of Minnesota," said Sen. David Hann (R-Minority Leader).

House Republicans need just seven additional seats to take back majority this fall.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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