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From Forum Communications:
Zellers said he is looking forward to working with Democrat Dayton to establish a “one-stop shop” for permitting applications so business owners do not have to fill out multiple forms that often ask the same questions.
“Especially in this economy, that’s not useful,” Zellers said.
“These priorities will create a stronger private sector economy, help to raise student achievement and put Minnesotans in charge of their health care, while reducing the cost of government,” said State Rep. Deb Kiel, a Republican from Crookston
Read the whole story from the Crookston Daily Times.
Printed in Saturday's St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Even if an improving economy shrinks that shortfall, we urge lawmakers to take the long view, realizing the financial pressure on Minnesota's public budgets will persist. We've been warned about the implications of the demographic changes ahead and the strain an aging population will place on state resources.
In addition, the attention to reform, redesign and cost-cutting should capitalize on energy coming from many sources, including the governor's office and legislative
Democrats, and from counties, municipalities and others.
The Republicans say they are ready. "We're as prepared as I've seen the caucus" in his time at the Capitol, says Zellers, who credits House Majority Leader Matt Dean for work on the preparations since the Legislature adjourned in July.
"People are looking for results," said Dean.
Published in Sunday's Star Tribune:
We spent the last five months traveling the state, driving thousands of miles to dozens of cities to meet with hundreds of job providers, local government officials, educators and citizens to listen to their ideas on what government can and should do better.
This session, we will restore confidence in our economy to foster private-sector job growth, improve education to provide a highly skilled workforce, and make government more-efficient and cost-effective through reform.
Read the whole column here.