The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 7, 2014

The 'unsession' can prove to be fruitful

WHY IT MATTERS: Both parties should be able to find agreement on streamlining government and making it easier for residents to work with state agencies.

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While the undoing of old statutes is important, the more vital work is streamlining government regulations and making the system easier for residents to use.

Dayton wants to shorten the ridiculously long time periods it takes to get many state permits or for state rulemaking changes to be made. Businesses and individuals often wait a year or two for for state agencies to act; Dayton hopes to reduce many of those waits to no more than 90 days.

The governor also wants state agencies to use plain language when writing rules so that people can understand processes without the aid of a lawyer.

The unsession may not provide the high drama of hard-fought budget-year battles, but both parties could do a great service to Minnesotans in this shortened session by making state government more approachable, easier to interact with and more responsive.

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