Minnesota's priorities for the 2014 Legislature

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 25, 2013 - 5:36 PM

Bonding tops our list, but a number of issues should be on the agenda.

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palsarMay. 25, 13 8:26 PM

So basically, continue to spend, spend, spend.

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comment229May. 26, 13 4:36 AM

Perhaps the legislature should work on their own salaries too after their last minute attempt at a raise last session that must have drawn the ire of almost every Minnesotan because it went away about as fast as it came. I have a suggestion; combine their salary talks with the minimum wage debate and give the legislators the same minimum wage. Better yet, give all the good struggling folks on minimum wage the same perks that the legislators get. What's that? Minimum wage people have no skills? Ironic isn't it, that it apparently takes no special skill to be in the state legislature either.

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comment229May. 26, 13 4:42 AM

PS... We just give bullying a little lip service in our school districts. Here's a thought; how about putting in a three strike rule on bullying? And add a little teeth to it. Once the offender has used his third strike, he/she is expelled from that school and the school is no longer liable for that student's education in any way, shape or form. Let the parents deal with their son/daughter's education with private education, if you would be so lucky to find a private school that would take the kid, or private tutoring. The parent could even home school the kid. The only problem I see with this is simple... the kid gets to bully three times before being tossed. It has got to end one way or another.

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elmore1May. 26, 13 7:22 AM

Good start to the list. I would add voter modernization and secondary education reform. Our current process is from the stone age. The "voter suppression" argument is a bunch of baloney. Let's join the rest of the progressive world and improve the process. Our colleges are putting a huge financial burden on our kids. Bailing the U out to freeze tuition is like giving an alcoholic a bottle of booze. Let's demand meaningful reform with real measures of our colleges.

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jstwondrngMay. 26, 13 7:43 AM

The Governor was not a road block to a transportation package. In fact he proposed a balanced approach to funding both transit and roads. He proposed a half sent sales tax for the 7 county metro area to pay for future transit (rail/bus/bike) capital and operational costs and $300,000 million in trunk hiway bonds as a downpayment for a bigger fix for roads. Both showed significant progress and a understanding of the political realities. The needs in transportation are substantial and the notion that they will be taken care of in one session is naive. Governor Dayton opted for progress.

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martytoilMay. 26, 13 8:44 AM

elmore1--Lets not forget that our educational outcomes ranks at or near the top of the country in almost ever measure. Lets also not forget that we have one one the most transparent voting systems in the country.

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supervon2May. 26, 13 9:06 AM

Hey! What about multiple partner marriage? Why should our rights be denied? We demand equal rights!

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mrb0547May. 26, 13 5:24 PM

Thanks for mentioning the proposed changes to the Sex Offender Civil Commitment program. As the House author of the proposal, I'd like to correct the record. I spent many hours working on the bill with my Senate counterpart. However, the bill stalled in the House because GOP legislators either don't believe that the court will act or don't care if the remedy is imposed by the court. Despite repeated attempts to enlist the cooperation of GOP House leadership, a party-line roll call vote in the Judiciary Committee signaled the GOP intention to oppose and politicize the effort. Kudos to the GOP Senators who voted for the bill! I wish their House counterparts could be so wise.

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greg62May. 27, 13 6:03 AM

The Legislature's main priority should be to stop Minnesota from being the world's welfare magnet. Fix this and it will help solve many other problems Minnesota faces.

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elmore1May. 27, 13 9:58 AM

My biggest disappointment was when the Guv reneged on his promise to provide a few million for AIS. We are willing to fund a half a billion through new taxes to fund a new football stadium but can't find money for our lakes? The folks in St Paul really don't have their priorities straight and I am super disappointed at Dayton.

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