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Ramping up to 2012 session

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Dear Friends, I hope the fall season is off to a good start for you. It has been a busy time for me with constituent meetings, family time and photography work. The 2012 legislative session is only a little more than three months away and we are busy laying the groundwork for reforms we are looking to enact. We still are in the process of assembling a package of efficiency measures called “Reform 2.0” to help maximize the effectiveness of our tax dollars. Across the board, folks on both sides of the aisle agree there are areas in great need of improvement. I serve on the Health and Human Services Reform Committee, which has great potential for reform. We are meeting to address reform in welfare and health care. The top priority is to provide better service at a better price to bring down the cost of state programs. We must make sure we are making the best-possible use of our existing tax dollars before we even think of asking hard-working Minnesotans to pay more. I welcome your ideas local for how we can do things better. The best way to reach me is by emailing rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn. The 2012 session is a non-budget year, so it will be a shorter session. We still will have plenty of time to address these reform issues. We need to find out what the state is doing ineffectively and either make improvements or stop those particular practices altogether. I will keep you posted as things develop. Until then, I encourage you to chip in and help your neighbors and our communities as a whole this fall. Civic organizations always are looking for volunteers. This also is the time of year when our food shelves begin to feel more pressure and your donations would be greatly appreciated. Click here for a ton of information on both volunteering and food shelves in Wright County. All the best to you and your families. Regards, Joe
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