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Several days in, Minnesota Senator Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls is cautiously optimistic this year’s legislative session may be more peaceful and productive than last year’s. On Wednesday, Dahms told KLGR:

Dahms said the two parties can often find agreement on amounts of money to spend. The differences come down to where the funds should go, based on philosophical and regional differences, with rural lawmakers often getting what he called “the short end of the stick”.

However, Dahms also stated that, contrary to what many news reports suggest, there actually are many areas where Democrats and Republicans can find agreement:

Dahms said that finding ways to get a few more dollars for rural infrastructure will be one of his highest priorities.