ST. PAUL, Minn – The 2016 Legislative Session began at noon today – the start of what will be one of the shortest sessions in years. The focus of this session will feature debates on a comprehensive transportation funding package, taxes, and a significant bonding bill. This will also be Sen. Roger Reinert’s (DFL-Duluth) final legislative session. After eight years at the Capitol, he will leave public service in 2016.
“As I begin my final legislative session, I continue to be truly proud to represent Duluth at the Minnesota Capitol. This session will be a first and last for me. I’m savoring these last few months of legislative work, but as a runner know you don’t let up when the finish line is in sight. This session I am focused on several important bonding projects for Duluth. I will also be working to strengthen our tax policy – an issue I’ve worked on for many years. Another priority for me is a comprehensive transportation funding package. Our 12,000 miles of roads in this state demand attention, and also demand a sustainable way to pay for the repairs. These issues will have lasting effects on Duluth, the region and the entire state. They are also critical investments for our economic future.
I’m excited to get to work for this final session, and push hard across the finish line,” said Reinert. “I’m also hoping to take a step back here or there and just take it all in.”