By Hank Long
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and members of the House Republican and DFL caucuses met with the media Wednesday to share their views of the 2015 session. Photo composite by Paul Battaglia
The new House Republican majority has had less than 48 hours to reflect on its work over the last five months as they prepare for the likelihood of an education-focused special session.
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t been taking stock in their accomplishments this session — one which House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said was highlighted by his caucus’s willingness to “end divide and conquer” politics at the Capitol in favor of a bipartisan approach to “solving the problems Minnesotans sent us here to solve.”
“The budget bills we put on the governor’s desk obviously had to pass a Republican House and a Democrat Senate,” Daudt said in a press conference Wednesday. “We hope that all of those will earn the governor’s support.”
Daudt said he is proud the House got its work done on time, with the only lingering items being legacy funding and a possible bonding bill that would focus on emergency flood aid and more money for the ongoing Capitol restoration.