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Our View: Thanks to Solon, Johnson

Three months ago, Gov. Jesse Ventura introduced his proposal for a state bonding bill, coming in at $400 million. The amount included for northeastern Minnesota? Zip.

Three months ago, Gov. Jesse Ventura introduced his proposal for a state bonding bill, coming in at $400 million. The amount included for northeastern Minnesota? Zip.
This week, the Legislature passed a $610 million bonding bill, one of the smallest amounts in recent state history. Included in the bill were $6.1 million for a new music performance laboratory at UMD, $4.5 million for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, enough money to upgrade the sewers in Duluth's Fond du Lac and North Shore neighborhoods, $2 million of the $4 million requested for the McQuade safe harbor project, $1 million of $3.1 million requested for a safe harbor project in Two Harbors, and more. What was different?
Primarily, the difference was two veteran senators, Sen. Sam Solon, DFL-Duluth, and Sen. Doug Johnson, DFL-Tower. The pair, both of whom have served in the Legislature since 1970, know virtually every legislative maneuver possible and time after time work the levers to the advantage of their constituents.
With the House controlled by Republicans, the governor of a third party, and only DFL representation north of Hinckley, it was incumbent upon the senators to deliver for this area.
They may not be the greatest at holding down taxes, but there is a trade-off. They repeatedly bring home the bacon for this area, and for that they deserve the Northland's congratulations.

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