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9 March 2016

2016 MN State Legislature

For the week of March 13, 2016

Paul Thissen is the Minority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives; he joins us to discuss the 2016 legislative session and the top priorities for the DFL.

  • Part 1

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    (1:06) Minnesota’s surplus projections have fallen from $1.2 billion to $900 million – how the decrease will affect this legislative session; (3:04) What the budget forecast tells us about MN’s economy; (4:14) Transportation, education and broadband investment are top priorities this session; (6:08) Issues the DFL and Republican parties can compromise on; (8:01) The Minnesota DISCLOSE Act; (9:45) The need for greater transparency in the MN government; (11:22) Bipartisanship in the MN House

  • Part 2

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    (:16) The public’s trust in elected officials and the rise in popularity of candidates like Trump and Sanders; (2:15) The opportunity and achievement gaps in MN and how they will be addressed this session; (4:36) Divide between greater MN and the metro area; (6:57) Investment in higher education; (8:38) Construction at the State Capitol and how it impedes the public’s access to the legislative process; (9:50) The 2016 state electionsDOWNLOAD