To the Editor:
Following a year in which countless government reforms helped reshape Minnesota's economy, I expect reform efforts to continue in 2012 during the current legislative session.
Last year, we listened to residents who told us to get state spending in line and to leave state tax rates alone. In response, we instituted policies that held spending to only 2 percent per year over the biennium. This year, we will continue reforming state government, and we will not raise taxes.
The reform focus likely will center on education and health care, making state government more efficient, and making it easier to conduct business in Minnesota, such as establishing a limited moratorium on state rule-making and regulations.
Lawmakers, not bureaucrats, are elected to make the rules. This is just one of many areas where if we can just scale things back a bit, we can help make things easier for people who are trying to create jobs in this state.
The reform agenda, called Reform 2.0, will be a top legislative priority during the session. Results from continued reform will create more jobs and lower unemployment rates in Minnesota.
State Rep. Bob Gunther,