Remember way back before the legislative session even started, how this was going to be the year for non-metro Minnesota, how the Twin Cities area had been the focus and how it was time now for the rest of the state to receive some much-needed and long-overdue legislative love? How many lawmakers ran for election or re-election on that promise?

Well, it didn’t happen.

Remember early in the 2015 Legislature, how a transportation bill was the No. 1 priority, how a financing plan to replace and repair Minnesota’s crumbling highways and bridges couldn’t be put off any longer, how this year was the year, how it had to be?

That didn’t happen either.

Remember later in the session, when the governor’s priority shifted from transportation to fully funding school for 4-year-olds, the benefits of early education unquestionable even if the governor’s plan for accomplishing it could be?

That also failed to get done.

And do you recall how lawmakers were legally obligated to pass a two-year budget?

Well, that didn’t get done either when the governor vetoed three financing bills and forced taxpayers to pay for a special session, which took place Friday to the frustration of Minnesotans from Ada to Zumbrota. ...

The news wasn’t all bad. ... Lawmakers voted to invest $525 million in early-childhood-through-12th-grade education, including new investments in American Indian education, a responsible 2 percent increase in public school funding in each of the next two years, and money to reduce the waiting list for Head Start by 1,200 eager kids. ... And Minnesota was able to avoid its third state government shutdown of the past decade - though that seems something that ought to be expected as the norm rather than celebrated as some sort of achievement.

So much left undone this year has left many people looking ahead. But next year’s session may be devoid of opportunity. It’s an election year, so good luck passing a transportation bill that includes any new taxes or fees. The session starts late, in March, so good luck getting to anything other than a bonding bill, which is the priority in an even-numbered year. And the Capitol remains under renovation, so good luck holding meaningful meetings or hearings in makeshift spaces.

Some suggested canceling the 2016 session due to the construction. If lawmakers did, would it be any more disappointing than this year?