The 2016 legislative session began this week with the reconvening of the Legislature at noon on Tuesday. Activities were immediately in full swing and I’ve included several highlights of this week below.
It was a pleasure to attend Monday's Albertville City Council meeting and provide a preview of the 2016 legislative session. During the meeting, Albertville Fire Chief Eric Bullen presented fire service awards honoring several members of the Albertville Fire Department for their years of service and one retirement.
State of the State
Wednesday evening was Gov. Dayton’s State of the State speech. The governor’s speech normally takes place in the House of Representatives chamber but, due to the limited space caused by the current Capitol renovation project, the State of the State speech was held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.
The governor used his speech to continue pushing for more spending on failed programs, Universal Pre-K (which is public preschool for all 4-year-olds), and reiterated his opposition to tax cuts. The most revealing of Gov. Dayton’s remarks was when he declared his No. 1 priority was to ensure the financial integrity of state government. In contrast, the Republican priority is to work to ensure the financial integrity of hardworking families and businesses, NOT to ensure government is taxing families and businesses to the max like Dayton and the Democrats are doing.