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Published May 21, 2012, 09:33 PM

Sen. Senjem Talks Legislature's Accomplishments, Goals After 2012 Session

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Jobs and the economy were lawmakers' main focus during the Minnesota Legislative Session this year. Although some feel a lot was accomplished, there is still plenty more to get done in the state.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Jobs and the economy were lawmakers' main focus during the Minnesota Legislative Session this year.

Although some feel a lot was accomplished, there is still plenty more to get done in the state.

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader David Senjem made a stop in Grand Forks to talk about the state legislative session, including the accomplishments and goals for the road ahead.

Education reform, job creation and flood control were just a few of the issues tackled in the Minnesota Legislative session this year.

"We've had 88,000 new jobs from the depths of the recession that have occurred now as a result of some positive uptick and sense of confidence that businesses are showing with their legislature," Senjem said.

Legislators are proud of many of the things accomplished this session including turning a budget deficit into a surplus over the past two years.

"In 2011 we were $6.2 billion in deficit. A lot of money, perhaps a record deficit for this state. Moving forward now, going back to last February we're $1.2 billion in a surplus," Senjem said.

Senjem says some were disappointed with 27 vetoes during the session. But two notable bills passed: a bonding bill and the stadium bill. Both reasonable bills according to Senjem.

"A bill that if you never buy a pull tab or if you never go to a game you don't ever pay a nickel for this stadium," Senjem said.

Looking forward, there is much more the senator would like to see accomplished.

"We'll continue to look at education reform, no question there's a lot of things that need to be done in that area," Senjem said.

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