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Posted: 2016-05-13
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REP. GUNTHER: MAJOR STATEWIDE INITIATIVES STILL BEING NEGOTIATED


ST. PAUL – As the 2016 legislative session is nearing completion, State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said he is not surprised to see a number of major statewide initiatives still being negotiated.

 

“As usual during the last two weeks of session, we have several things left to accomplish in order to complete the people’s business,” Gunther said. “It’s crunch time, but I’m confident we will have a successful conclusion.”

 

Gunther said there are four issues that will likely remain outstanding until the final days of session.

 

First there is REAL ID compliance, which would permit Minnesotans to legally board a commercial airplane beginning in 2018. A capital investment proposal – which funds construction projects across Minnesota – will also be debated.

 

Two other bills – long-term transportation funding and tax relief – are ready to be negotiated in joint House/Senate conference committees. Gunther said that work will begin in earnest once legislative leadership and Governor Dayton agree on a budget target in both of these areas.

 

“We are diligently seeking solutions to all four issues, and I feel we are getting closer to a compromise that all sides can live with,” Gunther concluded.

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