Roger Reinert is a Duluth resident.
- Member for
- 3 years 9 months
The 2014 legislative session finished up business on May 16, a few days ahead of schedule. A good deal was accomplished in the 12 short weeks. While not everything I supported was signed into law, I’m pleased with the progress that we made, especially for Duluth. Even prior to the session’s beginning, I advocated for repealing business-to-business taxes. The warehousing tax in particular would have put the Port of Duluth at a distinct disadvantage. Likewise, I urged putting at least part of our state’s $1.2 billion surplus into reserves to provide for more fiscal stability in the future.
“The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support and their confidence.” —President Abraham Lincoln upon signing the Morrill Act, July 2, 1862. More than 150 years later, the University of Minnesota is one of 73 land-grant universities in the country and its program and research have far-reaching benefits to not only the state of Minnesota but across the U.S.
This year, the Minnesota legislative session doesn’t begin until Feb. 25 — that’s one of the latest starts in many years. This session is the second year of the biennium, which means several things. First, it’s considered a “finish-up year,” meaning any bills that were not dealt with or passed last session carry over into this year and are alive for consideration. Secondly, this is a bonding year. Last session, in the odd-numbered year, the Legislature dealt primarily with the budget.