Minn. Lawmakers Taking Their Records to Voters
Minnesota's latest legislative session may be over, but lawmakers are taking no time to rest.
Legislators of both parties already have begun touring the state, touting their list of achievements and raising funds for the next election campaign, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The legislative session ended with a hefty tax hike, more money for education, legalization of same-sex marriage and an expansion of union power. The outcome of those actions is still uncertain, but the aftermath already is reshaping the political debate for the 2014 campaign.
Gov. Mark Dayton and other Democrats are telling residents they kept their promise to balance the budget fairly. Republicans are countering that their policies are still better for Minnesota.
The House and governorship will be on next year's ballot but not the state Senate, whose members were elected to four-year terms in 2012. Lawmakers were limited from raising money during the session, but now that's it's over they immediately embarked on a string of fundraisers.
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