The Minnesota State Fair begins this week. I will be appearing at the House of Representatives booth from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 29. It would be really great to see some local faces there.
The House booth is along the east wall of the Education Building, located at the corner of Snelling and Dan Patch avenues.
A non-partisan legislative survey will be available for folks to complete. We also are looking for ideas that fit into the “Reform 2.0” package of proposals we are compiling. This will be an extension of improvements we made this year, including where estimates show we will save more than $1 billion per year in state health care costs.
The key with Reform 2.0 is to improve the way our state operates, largely by eliminating obsolete, ineffective practices. This will allow us to make better use of our existing tax dollars so we can support our priorities in a more sustainable model. State spending has grown by an unaffordable rate in recent decades and Reform 2.0 will help us lower the trajectory.
Our goal is to engage all Minnesotans – citizens, businesses, nonprofits, local governments, public sector employees – in this process. It is important to receive a wide variety of ideas as to how we can reform, innovate and redesign state government and I hope you will participate.
I always welcome your input via email, phone, or face-to-face conversations, but you can also take advantage of social media. There is a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reform2 and you also can follow @reform2 on Twitter. A YouTube video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQMUBgabtQ&feature=youtube .
I will pass along updates on the Reform 2.0 proposals as our plans develop. I hope to see you at the fair and I look forward to your ideas on how the state can operate more efficiently.