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Lawmakers’ views: DFL will bring a new focus to St. Paul | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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This Legislature will be focused, driven and dedicated to resolving what has become a perpetual cycle of repeated deficits. We will be inclusive of all and eventually reach a resolve that will be in the best interest of Minnesotans today, tomorrow and into the future.

By: Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth; Sen. David Tomassoni,DFL-Chisholm; Rep. Mike Sundin, DFL-Esko; Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth; Rep. Carly C. Melin, DFL-Hibbing; Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake; Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Tower; Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kettle River:, Duluth News Tribune

DFL will bring a new focus to St. Paul

This Legislature will be focused, driven and dedicated to resolving what has become a perpetual cycle of repeated deficits. We will be inclusive of all and eventually reach a resolve that will be in the best interest of Minnesotans today, tomorrow and into the future.

Our greatest effort must be creating a responsible budget for the next biennium. It must be a budget that recognizes the priorities of middle-class Minnesotans, including job creation, property tax reductions and adequate funding of public education.

We were elected to do this work, and we have a responsibility to complete it in a timely manner. A complete and total resolve probably will take several sessions, but we must lay the groundwork for change and take the steps necessary to promote success.

Perhaps we will have an off-year bonding bill. Perhaps we will have great debates about social or non-economic issues. We will do so as the Legislature was designed to do so: slowly, methodically and without haste.

We will hear from constituents, and we will consider all views.

We will include the minority party. Many of us ran on a premise of ending partisan bickering, and I remain hopeful we will see great success.

My priorities remain the same: the adequate funding of public education, the reduction of property taxes and the creation of policy designed to facilitate job creation.

We can take this opportunity and grow Minnesota’s economy, and we can do so by creating partnerships across the state. Every dollar spent must be considered for its regional economic impact rather than its immediate local effect.

Rep. Mike Simonson, DFL-Duluth

Lawmakers’ views: DFL will bring a new focus to St. Paul | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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