During this past term I believe that my leadership has been of benefit not only to our district but to the state of Minnesota. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee I have helped lead the effort to finally secure a structurally balanced budget. In particular, Sen. Rod Skoe and I authored the successful effort to place one third of any budget surplus into the budget reserve which has helped Minnesota regain its AAA bond rating.

Among the particular successes has been my authorship of the financial support to begin the revitalization of the University of Minnesota medical school, the establishment of the Housing Support bill (SF 3167) to secure more affordable housing, and my chairmanship of the Legacy Subcommittee has allowed the continued support for clean water, conservation, the arts, and parks and trails. This year my supplemental finance bill was the only major bill passed and signed into law by the Governor.