Sens. Bakk, Hann interview: The Twitter version

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate GOP leader David Hann took questions this morning on MPR’s Daily Circuit show. Here’s a Twitter version of some of what they discussed.

Taxes

Gov. Dayton’s tax and budget proposals continue to grind their way through the Legislature. A rosier budget forecast has improved the state’s financial picture, but deep divisions remain between DFL and GOP lawmakers.

Gun legislation debate

After weeks of contentious hearings over proposed gun legislation, lawmakers have pulled back from outright bans on some weapons. A compromise may be at hand but debate continues over exactly what steps to take.

Public money for Vikings stadium

State officials had hoped new electronic pull-tab games would deliver the public money required to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. Recent data, though, show the games have been slow to catch on and may generate only half the money projected.

Gov. Dayton has urged patience but questions linger about what, if anything, should be done.

Higher education

On higher education, Gov. Dayton has proposed spending more, arguing in his recent State of the State speech that “every biennium since FY80-81, real state spending for all of posts econdary education has been higher than it is today.”

GOP leaders, though, want to talk about how the schools spend their money Hann said he’s been talking to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and other higher education officials about costs.

“If you build a cost structure so massive that it can’t be sustained, then you have a problem” and that’s higher education’s problem.