The recommendations also cover ways to lower Minnesota’s increasing costs.
“I have a lot to learn, but I think I have something maybe a little bit different to offer,” he said.
“We want to be productive and help the DFL as much as we can,” he says. “We understand our role … We appreciate their offer to work in a bipartisan fashion.”
Potential ripple effects from Washington’s fiscal-cliff debate make the state’s budget planning difficult.
The $1.3 billion surplus for the current budget cycle would go toward repaying schools for funds legislators borrowed to solve the last deficit.
TakeAction Minnesota’s tentative plans, for example, include changes in voting rules for felons, expanded early voting and modernized voter registration.
“We’re going to bring our agenda,” says the Chamber of Commerce’s David Olson. “We’re going to bank on the campaign promises they made.”
“Our goal really is to govern well, and hopefully with transparency and focused on the basics,” the DFL leader says.
House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen said the leaders are “ready to roll up their sleeves, tackle tough challenges and govern well.”
Incoming Majority Leader Tom Bakk announced the chairs of the 19 Senate committees, subcommittees and finance subdivisions.
Government officials and industry stakeholders alike agree that getting the massive project done on time will be difficult.
Ten DFLers and one Republican are back. Eight of the 10 DFLers were voted out of office in the 2010 Republican wave.
Despite enjoying 80 percent public support at one point, advocates ended up losing a battle where they were substantially outfunded and outmanned.
Among the incidents were a bomb threat in Canby, improper actions by election judges, and amendment campaign materials too close to voting areas.
There are conflicting predictions of whether Minnesota’s voter turnout will dip slightly or stay on par with the 2008 presidential race turnout.
With 10 electoral votes up for grabs and two controversial constitutional amendments on the ballot, many of the players here have lawyered up.
The state DFL and GOP have recruited volunteer attorneys and poll watchers, and government officials have been conferring to ensure that elections go smoothly.