Gearing up for the Minnesota State Fair, House Republicans say they want to engage Minnesotans in reforming government, not just talking about taxes and spending. GOP Majority Leader Matt Dean joked they were “a little tanned and a little less crabby” now but also admitted that some of the reforms that got done were “overshadowed by the special session and government shutdown.” Speaker Kurt Zellers added that announcing a legislative agenda in August for a January session is “about taking the time and giving the opportunity to engage Minnesotans.” Republicans also reiterated a commitment to passing a constitutional amendment on fiscal policy, such as requiring a supermajority to raise taxes.
Democrats also showed they are rested and ready for a fight, distributing a mocking movie poster style press release reading “From The Creators Of ‘Government Shutdown’ and ‘Beg, Borrow And Steal Budget’ Comes GOP Reform 2.0.” DFL Minority Lead Paul Thissen responded that Minnesota state government is one of the most efficient governments in the nation, but added we can never rest on our laurels. Zellers said he hoped and expected reform to be a bipartisan effort. Thissen conclued ” I fear today’s Republican proposals are simply more of the same giveaways corporate special interests.”