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Tuesday Talk: What should our new leaders do first?

November 02, 2010 By Rachel Weeks, Communications Specialist

While creating jobs and balancing budgets have dominated Minnesota's pre-election discussion, struggling schools, crumbling infrastructure and a lack of vision for economic development have helped create a long list of challenges for all of Minnesota's leaders. What do you think should be their first priority?

As we move forward from the election, what issues should Minnesota's legislature and new governor tackle first?

Share your thoughts.

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11 Comments:

  • herbert a. davis says:

    November 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Prepare a balanced budget and show the option; either a graduated progressive income tax or drastic cuts.

    Then vote on it!

  • Jojo says:

    November 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

    They should start with government reform and not tax reform. You want to find a way to continue to offer services at the same level with less money? It can be done, believe it or not. It’s called process improvement. Good company’s work on it every day. But it’s hard and it takes commitment.

    Give the state auditor a team of process engineers and start targeting departments. You’d be amazed.

    But what happens when you improve process is that you need less people. And do we have the political strength to cut state jobs? I would hope so, since that is where the bulk of money goes.

  • John Crampton says:

    November 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

    1. Restore progressive income taxes to the state of MN so that the richest 2ers pay their fair share.  2. Move to have Minnesota leave the No Child Left Behind program which is a complete disaster. 3. Establish a stable funding source for public schools so it isn’t at the whims of the legislature or the Governor who is trying to fund an radical, idealogical program “No New Taxes” on the backs of the schools and so Minnesota children can go to school more days and longer days…. just like the kids in other countries with whom they will be competing. 

     

     

  • Dr. Rolfe A. Leary says:

    November 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Sir:
    First thing to do is greatly expand opportunities for small business to become employee owned.  Reduce to zero MN taxes on employee owned firms???  Purpose is to KEEP jobs in Minnesota. It takes years to create new jobs, which we need to encourage, but it could take only a few months to SAVE existing jobs. Thanks.

  • Mike Downing says:

    November 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Balance the budget with a conservative estimate of the revenue (without any tax increase!). That is simply what businesses and families do!

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    November 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I’d like to see the new governor address a joint session of the legislature, one to which the public is invited, to outline the steps by which he would return the state to fiscal sanity, to a concern for the poor and exploited among us, to the restoration of our infrastructure, to (as someone has already suggested) get rid of No Child Left Behind—and while we’re at it, its successor, Race to the Top, to fund pre-school through higher ed adequately, to find ways to put empty houses into the hands of those who have been wrongly deprived of theirs and, big one, to ask for input on the “how” from each member of the legislature and from the public.

    What business considers a “good climate” will follow this rebuilding of our state.

  • Roger Sween says:

    November 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    First and most basic spend a couple days thinking about the reason for the existence of government - to serve the common good for mutual benefit.  Second, read the US and state constitutions, then read them again.  Third, take a vow to work together with others to serve the purposes behind our association with one another.  Then work to use the powers of human reason to examine yourself and seek evidence for all your future decisions.  Keep these practices going for your term.  Thank you.

  • Jimbob says:

    November 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Make multiple public affirmations that public school teachers should be honored, not reviled!

  • Ginny says:

    November 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I’m with Bernice before we look at the budget. Let’s start with an address to the Legislature and all Minnesotans. Don’t start chopping stuff before we look at our State and what people need and then figure out how to get the money to fulfill those needs.
    We will need to tax more, but not through sales taxes on clothes and food, and not by default on property taxes.
    Our priorities should be education, health,
    infrastructure, safety (but we don’t need to go overboard), and basics like that.
    You cannot start analyzing the state budget the way a family does. This analogy keeps popping up and it doesn’t fit.

  • wayne says:

    November 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    PASS A LAW SETTING RENTAL STANDARDS TO INCLUDE SAFETY AND ENERGY STANDARDS FOR ALL RENTAL UNITS IN THE STATE. THIS TO INCLUDE INSPECTIONS AND SET REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL JURISDICTIONS ( CITIES AND COUNTIES ) THIS TO BE A MINIMUM STANDARD THAT CITES AND COUNTIES CAN EXCEED.THE STATE TO PROVIDE INSPECTOR TRAINING WITH CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. LEST YOU THINK I AM ONLY FOR THE TENANTS , THE STANDARDS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE TENANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND PENALTIES FOR BOTH.

  • Nancy says:

    November 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    No more political commercials! I really think that campaigning should be limited to debates ( a certain number should be required) and personal appearances!!!!!Any TV adds should be limited to outtakes from debates and appearances and every candidate should be given one free hour of TV coverage to state their case. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!
    I am really ashamed of our political process these days because so many people are making voting decisions due to soundbites and unsubstantiated commercial claims.