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Legislative post-mortems: DFL sees 'progress', GOP 'overreach'

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It's a rare day when Democrats and Republicans agree. Tuesday was not one of those days.

Leaders of Minnesota's major political parties offered their takes on the just-finished 2013 legislative session.

As MPR reports, DFLers, who control the governor's office as well as the House and Senate, said they delivered on campaign promises. Gov. Mark Dayton says additional income tax revenue from the wealthiest Minnesotans will end a cycle of chronic budget shortfalls. Other DFLers said all-day kindergarten and college tuition freezes will save Minnesotans money.

Republicans, meanwhile, toured the state saying the income tax hike and an extension of the sales tax are bad for business. They also assailed lawmakers' giving labor unions permission to try to organize home day care workers.

The Business Journal reports leaders of two of the state's biggest business groups were gloomy about the session. The head of the Minnesota Business Partnership called it the most anti-jobs session he's seen. A counterpart at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce said the tax increases will have serious consequences for businesses.

One consequence of single-party rule at the Capitol is that lawmakers finished their work by their adjournment, with no special session or government shutdown needed. The Associated Press noticed that both parties agreed the single party majority gave the 2013 Legislature a definite direction ... but diverged on whether that direction was good or bad.

Apart from the budgeting process, there were a number of hot button issues that lawmakers acted on (gay marriage) or decided not to act on (guns). The AP takes a look back at what did and did not get accomplished.

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