This week marked the beginning of the 2012 legislative session. This year’s agenda, which we have named Reform 2.0, will focus on government reform efforts that will expand economic freedom, create opportunity and get government out of the way of job creators, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. We will do this by enhancing the business tax credits, reducing property taxes for small businesses and attempting to eliminate the state portion of the commercial and industrial property tax; an initiative that was vetoed by Governor Dayton last year.
After our fight to limit government spending last session, the Minnesota Management and Budget’s (MMB) November Forecast has predicted a surplus for the 2012-2013 biennium. In the face of a $6.2 billion dollar deficit at the start of last session, the Legislature’s prudent fiscal management helped to close the gap and improve our forecast to a now $876 million surplus. By law, this money will be used to fill up state cash-reserve accounts before it can be used for any other purpose; however this is still a huge step toward economic recovery.
This agenda will modernize outdated, rigid public systems that have failed to respond to the evolving needs of Minnesota’s economy and citizens. Some of the reform topics we hope to tackle this session include mandate relief, reducing obstructive commercial regulations, and enhancing property tax relief and credits for Minnesota job creators.
Reform 2.0 is not a Republican agenda. It is Minnesota’s agenda.
I will provide more details on the various initiatives that comprise Reform 2.0 throughout the session. In the meantime, visit www.reform2.mn for more information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts on the legislative session. During the session, I can be reached at 651-296-0518 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Roger Crawford
421 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155