Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minnesota Legislature: House leader weighs in on 2014 session

  • State needs to keep pace with transportation needs, Murphy says
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  • Minnesota House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) stopped by the Times office last week to discuss the recently wrapped 2014 legislative session.
    "We wrapped up three days early," said Murphy. "Someone said it was the first time in 20 years."
    Murphy was first elected in 2006. She is a former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association and was a former operating room nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center
    One thing the DFL and Murphy are looking forward to is continuing economic growth.
    "With the surplus and minimum wage raise, Minnesota is looking up," said Murphy. "We project continued positive growth for years to come."
    Transportation concerns
    A main concern for Murphy is transportation in Minnesota.
    "We have reached pothole season and it's not a good one," said Murphy. "We need to concentrate on our roads and make sure they are safe for everyone. It costs a lot of money to keep up with them, but it's important for our state."
    She also mentioned how bridges, buses and transit were at the top of the list.
    "We are working hard at maintaining safety on our bridges and continue to monitor them closely," assured Murphy. "Adding buses and transit for commuters and people in every community are also some of our top priorities."
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