1 July 2015

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session

For the week of July 5, 2015

David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University, discusses why Governor Dayton and DFLers were unable to pass key legislation this session.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:11) Whether the 2015 session leaned right or left; (3:00) Schultz says gridlock is the new normal in MN politics; (4:10) Why a special session was necessary; (6:29) Governor Dayton backed down to Republican demands this session; (8:48) Funding for K-12 education and whether it addresses the achievement gap; (10:15) Higher education funding pitted the U of M against more rural MnSCU schools; (12:00) Rural and urban disagreements could also be seen in the transportation bill debate
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:25) The Agriculture and environment bill and the elimination of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens’ Board; (2:25) Pieces of legislation that did pass this session; (4:17) The criticism against Majority Leader Tom Bakk; (6:35) What to expect next legislative session; (8:05) How Scott Walker’s presidential run may draw attention to the MN vs Wisconsin debate