Democrats in the Minnesota House have some reform ideas of their own.
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said DFLers will introduce a package of changes this week that includes a way to prohibit future state government shutdowns and a plan to require fuller disclosure of outside income by legislators.
The DFL reform proposal includes these elements.
-- Preventing future state shutdowns by continuing state appropriations at current levels if no budget agreement is reached by the end of the budget period. If the state is in deficit, the difference would be made up by one-half cuts and one-half income tax hikes.
-- Close loopholes in the state law requiring legislators and executive branch officials to disclose their outside income. The legislation would require officials to disclose pay recieved as a "consultant or independent contractor" as well as as a direct employee.
-- Prohibit legislative sessions or any other public meetings at the Capitol between midnight and 7 a.m., and prevent private meetings at any time the State Capitol is closed to the public.
-- Ban officials of political parties from holding public jobs.
-- Creation of a redistricting commission to draw political boundaries in the future.
-- Limits on the amount a governor can unilaterally reduce spending via the process known as "unallotment."
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Donald Trump has unleashed the "radical fringe" within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman's campaign as one that will "make America hate again."