Republicans to hold town hall on reform
Republican legislators are hosting a town hall in Rochester next week to share their ideas for reforming state government.
Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester, Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa and Rep. Duane Quam of Byron announced the town hall yesterday, which will focus on the GOP's "Reform 2.0" initiative for the upcoming legislative session. The town hall will be Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Century High School, 2525 Viola Road N.E. in Rochester. Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean is also expected to attend.
According to a news release, the redesign efforts at the legislature last year will save the state $2.5 billion according to "some analysts." (Not sure what that means or what the number is based on) It adds that Reform 2.0 will "seek ideas that promote opportunity and preserve individual responsibility through limiting government over-reach, improving the state's business climate to help job growth, reduce meaningless mandates that overlap between state, local and federal governments, lowering taxes and reforming the state tax code, and promoting government services that are effective."
Residents are encouraged to attend and offer their ideas.