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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Paul Torkelson (R)

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Monday, January 23, 2012
ST. PAUL – Seeking to improve on last year’s legislative reforms that will save Minnesotans billions of dollars in future budgets, State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Nelson Township) said he was pleased with the priorities outlined recently in the Legislature’s Reform 2.0 agenda. “It’s clear that we need to make state government more efficient and accountable to the taxpayer,” Torkelson said. “As we develop new technologies and more effective ways of conducting business, our state government continues to operate as if we’re still living during the 1980’s. It’s long past time to move our state forward, as we can no longer afford to lag behind.” Torkelson said legislative leadership held meetings at nearly two dozen Minnesota communities over the past few months, hoping to gather reform ideas from everyday Minnesotans. The response was overwhelming, as hundreds of ideas were brought forward. The bulk of the Reform 2.0 agenda will focus on three critical areas: growing the private sector economy, improving Minnesota’s education and health care systems, and reducing the size and cost of state government. As each of these areas contain many proposals, Torkelson said he will be discussing reform specifics within the three priority areas in upcoming legislative updates. “This agenda is designed to put more people to work and to streamline government,” Torkelson said. “Governor Dayton was receptive to many of our reform ideas last year, and I’m hopeful his support will continue during the 2012 session.”