GOP Controls WI Legislature, DFL Controls MN

By KBJR News 1

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -Wisconsin's state government is looking more red and Minnesota's more blue, largely changing the political landscape.

There could be less gridlock in states' governments.

With Republicans in control of the House, Senate and Governor's seat Wisconsin may get another chance to work out and pass legislation promoting mining exploration.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will also likely get to mold the next budget more to his liking.

In Minnesota, the DFL now has control of the House, Senate and Governor's office.

This also makes it much less likely we'll see the political gridlock over the state's budget that caused a government shutdown in 2011.

But one Minnesota senator says there will still be a wide-range of opinions to deal with, so it won't necessarily be a landslide in favor DFL legislation.

"Just because everybody's under one umbrella doesn't mean they're all on the same page. The governor has a different agenda. There will be a lot of conversations, negotiating, and I don't think anyone can take away from last night that all of sudden X, Y and Z are going to happen because that's just not the way the democratic process works," said DFL Senator Roger Reinert of the 7th District.

Minnesota is again facing a multi billion dollar budget deficit in 2013.

Reinert says he hopes with more legislators on the same team, they will be able to come up with some long term strategies to fix the budget, pay back schools and get rid of the tobacco bond.

It does, Senator Reinert explained that now they will only have themselves to blame if the Minnesotans do not like what they see. He also believes the party should not be too over reaching.

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