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Forum staff reports, Published May 15 2012

DFL aims for legislative control in 2013 Minnesota session

MOORHEAD – Leaders of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said Tuesday this year’s gathering of the the Minnesota Legislature was “the do-nothing session” because of partisan gridlock they blamed on Republicans.

Gov. Mark Dayton, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, spoke with local legislators in Moorhead about the need for DFL lawmakers to control the Legislature in the 2013-14 biennium.

The DFL leaders said without their work the Legislature wouldn’t have passed the $500 million bonding bill nor the Vikings stadium bill in the final days of the session.

Moving forward, Dayton said he wants to focus on job creation, investments in education and tax reform, including a tax increase on the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans.

He said a DFL-controlled Legislature would help ensure substantive bills are passed.