A good start, but we need more

By Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

The Republican leadership that will take charge of the Minnesota Legislature in January has announced a new committee structure that they say will streamline the legislative process, making government less complex and more efficient.

That's a good start. The Minnesota Legislature has, for the better part of a decade, been a model of inefficiency, seldom getting its work done on time and requiring special sessions to pass budget bills that are supposed to be its top priority. Too often, legislative leaders have chosen to play a game of brinksmanship with the governor or with each other rather than doing what its voters sent them to do.

However, all the charts and all the good intentions will do no good if the new Republican majority and a Democratic governor (assuming Mark Dayton's lead holds up in a probable recount) won't work with each other. It's going to be a challenge. Republicans campaigned with a mantra of cut spending and lower taxes

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