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We are going to look back on this period...this legislative period...and wonder what the hell we were thinking?
We have infrastructure problems, maintenance problems, carbon emission problems...problems, problems, problems.
And we are not addressing them.
This is a representative democracy which means we count on those we elect to take care of the day to day needs of how the state operates. We do not elect them to do what we wish them to do, we elect them to do what we need them to do.
This 2016 legislative session is kind of a mess. None of the big issues are close to being resolved.
And the usual item which is regularly done during the election year session, namely the bonding bill, is caught up in more of that partisan wrangling we have gotten so used to when the MN GOP controls a branch of government.
But here is what is so hypocritical about the bonding process.
Rep. Jim Knoblach says he's suspending his push to extend Northstar to St. Cloud this session. Knoblach said he's halting his effort to pass his bill to extend the commuter rail line because of the negative response from Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.
My question is, what exactly were you expecting, Rep. Knoblach?
It is hard to take a proposal that has no funding and no structure to it and have any response at all.
A crime legislation compromise proposal is being classified as "historic" in terms of changes made to the sentencing structure of drug related offenses.
After weeks of closed-door wrangling between law enforcement, defense attorneys and lawmakers, a compromise has been reached on an effort at the Capitol to lighten criminal penalties for drug offenders statewide.
I am not sure why this had to be a "closed door" negotiation, but that is how this came to be. And there are some good things here:
1. In general "sentencing guidelines" -- the amount of prison time . . .