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Legislative session ends early

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The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up the 2014 legislative session Friday night, well ahead of the Monday mandated adjournment deadline. The session which will be remembered for its productivity, ended with a flurry on Friday including another round of tax cuts, and the passage by the Senate and House of the medical marijuana bill.

“I think we did get a tremendous amount accomplished this year,” said DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen. “The minimum wage increase, the safe schools passage, additional tax cuts for Minnesotans, property tax cuts and a really good bonding bill.”

As happy as democrats were about the accomplishments, the view from the other side of the aisle wasn’t nearly as positive.

“The quicker we get out of here we think the less damage Democrats can to to Minnesotans,” said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt. “We want to get out of here. We want to do good by Minnesotans.”

Political analyst David Schultz notes with D-F-L control of the House, Senate and Governor’s mansion, their assembly line cranked out almost everything they wanted.

“I think the most important thing to understand here is whether you like it or not, the Democrats delivered,” said Schultz. “They did what they said they would do.”

The push for medical marijuana became emotional and will probably be remembered for producing the most memorable moments of the session.

“One other force that was powerful in Minnesota in this session was what people call the mommy lobby,” said Schultz. “The mommy lobby behind medical marijuana. In terms of its impact on the state, that piece of legislation will have a greater impact on the state than almost any other piece of legislation passed this session.”

Lawmakers will now head back to their normal lives with some fighting for re-election in November before heading back to the Capitol next January.

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