The projected state surplus announced last week means legislators and the governor will have more time to focus next session on the exciting task of government reform, says the Fargo Forum’s Don Davis.
Although not much was accomplished this year on reform, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders hope they can get more done in the session starting in January, without the shadow of a shutdown taking so much time and energy.
Dayton used the example of this year’s reduction of red tape for businesses seeking environmental permits as an example of how Democrats and Republicans can work together.
Republicans say government reform will be the focus on next legislative session.
The surplus does not change anything, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said: The top 2012 priorities remain making government more effective and helping more people to find jobs.
Employers are looking for government stability, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. Reforms could help Minnesota move in that direction, he added.