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8 June 2016

2016 MN Legislative Session Analysis

For the week of June 12, 2016

Guests: David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University; he writes about local and national politics on his blog Schultz’s Take.

Unless a special session is called by Governor Dayton, this legislative session failed to pass bonding or transportation bills. Why were DFL and Republican leaders unable to reach a compromise? Professor Schultz discusses the growing polarization in Minnesota politics and how the failure to pass a bonding bill could have economic consequences on the state.

  • Part 1 – 13:18

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    “Special sessions aren’t special anymore,” Schultz says. Republican and DFL leaders stuck to their core ideologies and failed to reach a compromise. But the structure of Minnesota’s legislature also contributes to the increased deadlock the state has seen over the past two decades. Schultz says, “We have a governing process designed in the horse and buggy era trying to operate in the 21st century.”

  • Part 2 – 13:19

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    Should Governor Dayton call a special session? Schultz says there is a political advantage to not calling the session: Angry voters could decide they want a change in House and Senate leadership in the up-coming state elections. The failed legislative session, Schultz predicts, will be a core issue in the state races. How voter turnout will be affected by the Presidential race is yet to be determined. While Minnesota has historically high voter turnout, 60% of Minnesotans say they do not like either Trump or Clinton as candidates—the negative views of the Presidential candidates could impact our state elections.

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