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It isn't hard to explain why Larry Pogemiller is PIM's legislator of the year. In 2009 the Senate majority leader stared into the teeth of an economic crisis unlike any since the Great Depression and, alone among the Capitol's leadership troika, proposed a pain-for-everybody solution that would have erased most of the $5 billion-plus in continuing deficits that the state now figures to confront again in 2011.

Pogemiller faced up to Minnesota’s permanent budget crisis

It isn't hard to explain why Larry Pogemiller is PIM's legislator of the year. In 2009 the Senate majority leader stared into the teeth of an economic crisis unlike any since the Great Depression and, alone among the Capitol's leadership troika, proposed a pain-for-everybody solution that would have erased most of the $5 billion-plus in continuing deficits that the state now figures to confront again in 2011.

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