Governor Dayton seeks ways to reform state government

By KBJR News 1

October 21, 2013 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's legislative 'unsession' may have historic outcomes.

Governor Dayton is asking Minnesotans to tell their lawmakers, not what they can do for the State, but what they would like them to "un-do."

The idea, being coined the "un-session", is to look at ways to streamline and reform state government to eliminate outdated state laws and redundancies.

Governor Dayton has been traveling throughout the state asking people for input on what the government in Minnesota can undo in the next legislative session in pursuit of a more efficient, proactive and responsive state government.

Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL party, says that in every way this "un-session" is a positive thing.

"It's about time that our leaders in St. Paul actually start looking at ways to make government more efficient and more accountable. There are some sensible reforms that can be made in government that will help us be as efficient as possible and bring the best benefit to the tax payers of Minnesota and that's what the governor is trying to do," said Martin.

Governor Dayton says he believes this un-session is a huge opportunity to pare back the excesses of government rules and regulations that are redundant and obsolete.

Some of the ideas from local citizens include a merged higher education system, and a "plain language implementation," which would aim to cut the complicated jargon from official statements, making it easier for people to understand, among many others.

Elsa Robins