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I will be joining other local legislators including House Majority Leader Matt Dean to co-host a Reform 2.0 meeting at Stillwater City Hall this Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Our goal for the meeting is to receive more input from area business owners and local government officials regarding what the state can do better. We are in the process of compiling a package of initiatives for the 2012 session that will both spur the private sector and help the state can provide better service at a better price. This is a massive undertaking and receiving input from people on the ground in these areas is crucial.
Some local government officials are saying the state should eliminate unfunded mandates which are placed on local governments, restrict their budget flexibility and often cost local taxpayers. I am interested in hearing more specific ideas.
We have also being asked to revamp our state's cumbersome permitting process which ultimately costs taxpayers, slows business growth and stymies job creators. I would like to hear which permits our entrepreneurs find especially burdensome and unnecessary.
The Wednesday meeting will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Stillwater City Council's second-floor chamber at City Hall (216, 4th St. N.). I look forward to hearing local thoughts, ideas and concerns as we prepare for the 2012 session which starts in January.
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