The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Editorials

May 22, 2013

Timing still legislative problem

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The same mode of operation appeared to apply to the transportation issue. Again, the issues were studied. Public input was gathered in volumes. Proposals were made. Gov. Mark Dayton seemed to take this issue off the table when he opposed a gas tax. We wonder why he even allowed the task force to do any work. Gas tax is always one of the options. It seemed like this was a colossal waste of time and money.

On balance, there is no question many things were accomplished this year. Many staff, legislators and others worked hard to make these things happen. There were some successes. A budget deal without going into special sessions seems to be at least a moderate victory. We agreed to fix our crumbling Capitol. Gun legislation was at least rigorously debated, though change seemed small, almost minute. Remarkably, we made progress on sex offender legislation in a bipartisan way.

So we implore legislative managers to apply the principles of what worked on the smaller items to the big issues that fell by the wayside. These were issues extremely important to Minnesotans. Many should be disappointed, and we hope these events don't further feed their cynicism that government can't get the job done.

At the very least, gather among yourselves and analyze what went wrong and how it can be done better next time. Please don't do another study. Use the ones we did this year. In short, get better at your business. Manage the time. That is what people expect.

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