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Legislature should focus on legislating

November 20, 2012
The Journal

With the DFL controlling both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office, there should be little incentive for the Legislature to consider many constitutional amendments. that's good. Let them focus on legislating.

A report by Associated Press legislative writer Martiga Lohn over the weekend indicated there is little inclination to pursue more amendments like the Voter ID and Marriage amendments that were passed last year by the Republican majority, and were credited with bringing that majority back to the minority.

DFLers, we assume, won't be looking to bypass the governor's veto, which was part of the Republicans' motivation last year.

What the Legislature and the governor should be doing is focusing on balancing the budget, on the state's convoluted taxation system, and on taking care of the state's education system which has been under such financial pressure the last few yaers.

Governor Mark Dayton has been working over the past couple of years to prepare a tax reform proposal, something to make the tax simpler and fairer. We would guess it will involve reducing the state's reliance on property taxes and increasing the revenue from sales taxes, two legs of the state's "three-legged stool" of revenu that have grown out of alignment in the past couple of decades.

We would urge the governor and the DFL leaders to listen to their Republican counterparts, to the business community and to all sectors of this state's populace to come up with legislation that will work for us all.



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