DULUTH - Northland residents got the chance to meet their local legislators Friday and discuss which issues they thought were important.
State representatives held an open forum at U.M.D. to discuss Gov. Mark Dayton's tax proposals for the 2014-2015 biennium.
The governor's revised budget includes $1.8 billion in new taxes and Northlanders had mixed reactions.
"The biggest thing is the governor had a number of different changes especially around the sales tax and most of those as of yesterday have been taken off the table. There are still a few things left. I think I'm a bit disappointed that the governor took off all of the sales tax expansion off the table. I think that's an important conversation Minnesota needs to have," Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) said.
"I like the budget, I think Dayton's doing a good job, the best he can, but it seems to me they're leaving out the most vulnerable of our people. And that's the elderly, in the nursing home type settings. I noticed that education is getting a big increase, but where's the increase for the long-term care people," Don Alexander, and attendee, said.
Joining Sen. Reinert were Department of Revenue Commisioner Myron Franz and Representatives Erik Simonson and Mary Murphy.