Surplus Leaves Time To Work On Reform

Gov. Mark Dayton indicated shortly after learning the state budget will have a surplus that more time should be available for him and Republicans who control the Legislature to work on an issue upon which they may agree: government reform.

So little was done on the subject this year that it is hard to say how much agreement there will be next year on improving how government operates. But both sides say they want the work to continue.

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.

Republican 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.