Republicans are officially taking over the Minnesota House and Senate in just days and today they set out their general priorities. The GOP said their top three goals will be creating a more business friendly environment, making government live within its means and having an efficient effective process. So far we’ve heard concepts, talking points, platitudes and not many specifics. The press will push for more details.
“We want to make Minnesota the most competitive state in the country” said GOP House Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers. All four leaders who each sat with smartphones at their fingertips echoed that job creation is job one. Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch responded to one question with “To talk specifics it’s a little early.” But bills will start hitting the floor in less than a week. Both caucuses say they will be listening closely to their large crops of freshman who helped them gain control.
Earlier in the day we found a memo mentioning “fairness, keep minority informed.” DFL minority leaders say they appreciate the tone that sets, but House DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen said “there’s a vast difference between campaigning and leading.” Speaking for Senate Democrats, Sen. Scott Dibble asked “Who has been getting a free ride and who has been hammered? The middleclass.” Thissen also said it’s a myth that you can reform and streamline you’re way out of a $6.2 billion budget shortfall. The budget will be the central issue of the legislative session which starts January 4th.