MNGOP rolls out Reform 2.0 agenda with some good ideas

Today, Minnesota Republican legislative leaders rolled out their “Reform 2.0” agenda.  While I wouldn’t go as far as House Majority Leader Matt Dean who claims “These are noncontroversial, common sense reforms that will move Minnesota in the right direction for a growing economy supported by an efficient and effective government,” there are some good things in this agenda.

Here’s the entire document:

Some of the good ideas include:

  • Enhance Angel Investment Tax Credit
  • Create an ombudsman as a primary contact in state government for new and expanding businesses
  • Combine health care purchasing under single agency to reduce duplication and costs by increasing efficiency and buying power
  • Allow elderly Minnesotans to convert life insurance death benefit into long-term care insurance benefit
  • Require city and county governments to present budget and spending information in any easy-to-understand format designed to educate taxpayers and engage citizens in local government spending decisions
  • Consolidate back office functions; streamline and reduce fleet management and evaluate real estate leases
  • Work with local governments to provide requested mandate relief by ending prescriptive, redundant and outdated mandates
  • Fix problems encountered during the government shutdown:
    • Grant licensing and inspection authority to independent contractors or local governments
    • Allowing Canterbury Park, Minnesota Racing Commission, Minnesota State Lottery, and Minnesota Zoo and others to operate during a government shutdown
    • Let people buy beer

There are also some bad ideas in the package, and many proposals where the devil will be in the details.  We’ll focus on those at a later date.

(Reform 2.0 logo via MN House Republican Caucus)

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11 Responses to “MNGOP rolls out Reform 2.0 agenda with some good ideas”

  1. Hey! These are good. Finally some action.

  2. ABM notices where reform 2.0 still falls short. http://www.deform2.com

  3. That website is pure garbage. Why should those of us in the top bracket pay more? We already pay the more than everyone else? Look into progressive income tax. The higher the income the higher tax. Please name for me one tax where the rich pay a lower rate than the poor or middle class. You can’t, because it doesn’t exist. This website furthers the BS mantra that we don’t pay our fair share. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  4. You aren’t paying the payroll tax at all right now. So that dog wont hunt either.

  5. Wow, did you completely miss the point in my last letter to the editor in Chaska. Or was that on purpose?

    • No more so, I suppose, than your distortions of what Weygand was saying. The fundamental point on flat taxes is that a truly flat tax isn’t on the table. Sure, we can have a discussion on a theoretical flat tax versus the current system, but it’s kind of waste of time for a local newspaper’s opinion page. It’s a much better use of newsprint to talk about the proposals that are actually on the table. The Republican “flat tax” proposals that have been floated during this cycle aren’t flat at all, and I thought that was an important distinction that needed to be called out.

      [EDIT: typos corrected]

      • So why are Democrats using the flat tax argument? In order to determine a “fair” share, it is they who are using flat proposals to determine fairness. You are talking about national tax proposals where Jim and I were talking about local taxes. The republican tax proposals have absolutely nothing to with Jim’s proposal about tax fairness in Minnesota.

        Also it is absurd to think that a survey is a good measure to determine personal taxes paid. Sure the state has a vested interest in determining how much sales and gas taxes will be collected from various individuals, so they can budget forecasted revenue. That doesn’t mean they have any REAL idea how much each individual actually pays. I challenge anyone to determine how much sales tax I paid this week alone, let a lone the entire year.

  6. I guess I’m not too familar with the payroll tax rates, since I don’t get a paycheck. I’m self employed and pay both side of the payroll tax, but then again, it’s still not enough for Dayton or Obama.

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