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'Unsession' proposals closer to final passage

Posted by: under Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Democrats, State budgets Updated: April 1, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton is closer to getting a significant political win as major pieces of his government streamlining effort race though the Legislature.

Dayton’s administration unveiled a plan to do away with more than 1,000 antiquated or outdated laws that gunk up legal books and make government more aggravating for consumers.

Some of the proposals have fallen away, but a few new ones were added – keeping the totally around 1,000 proposals. All have passed crucial committees and are close to final passage.

“They are all in good shape,” said Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich, who has been guiding the initiatives through the legislative process.

Sertich and some of Dayton’s top policy experts have met privately with stakeholders to work though problems with some of the more controversial measures, such as efforts to shorten the state's rule-making process.

Sertich said he doesn’t expect significant trouble for the remaining proposals awaiting final passage. None of the measures being considered have any cost for taxpayers.

The streamlining effort, which Dayton dubbed the “unsession,” has been a significant initiative for the governor, even if has slipped from the spotlight due to the state’s projected budget surplus.

On Monday, Dayton sent a letter to all 33,000 state employees thanking them for their hundreds of ideas to improve state government.

“I believe this initiative will help state employees deliver high-value, efficient services to Minnesotans – reducing confusion, saving time, and improving customer satisfaction,” Dayton wrote in the letter.

Dayton's office also produced a touting the improvements that will come from the government streamlining effort.

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