Rating the Session

Created: 05/19/2014 6:42 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Three days ago, the 2014 Minnesota legislative session came to an end.

On Monday, the political spin machines were hard at work.

As always, the question that followed the end of a session was “Are Minnesotans better off because of it?”

And the answer depends on who you ask.

"It was pretty good," said DFL State Representative Kim Norton of Rochester.

“Minnesota families expect us to do better," said Republican state representative Kurt Daudt of Crown.

Democrats again controlled the Minnesota house, senate and governorship in the 2014 session ... and the critique falls along party lines.

"Democrats did some things we think to the economy that are going to be pretty harmful to job creation," Republican Kurt Daudt said.

“We've invested in job creation, early childhood, we've lowered property taxes," democrat Kim Norton countered.

“The democrats raised taxes on the poor, the middle class, and that's not the way to get the economy going," Republican state representative Greg Davids of Preston said during a Republican media fly-around of the state.

“I think Minnesotans that are paying the last bit of attention know the economy has turned, that Minnesota is on a much better track than it was a couple of years ago," Rochester DFLer Kim Norton said.

“A glaring omission ... we did nothing on health care," Republican Senator David Hann said during a stop in Austin.

“The legislature dealt with healthcare reform in a big sense in 2008," Democrat Kim Norton said.

“We need to look at what can we do to protect the citizens of Minnesota and make sure they have options to buy health care," David Hann countered.

“And certainly we have done our MnSure and complied with the federal regulations, and we've seen lots and lots of new folks insured," Rochester’s Kim Norton said.

“The misguided priorities of the DFL once again coming through, and our bridges and our roads go unattended. pretty unfortunate," said Republican state senator Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, during a stop in Austin.

“We really tackled the agenda we set out to tackle," Democrat Kim Norton said.

“This is obviously the end of the 2014 session, and as we hope the end of single party control," republican Kurt Daudt said.

“The governor said if we elected him a house and senate that were democrats you'd see progress, and I think folks have seen that," said DFLer Kim Norton.

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