Simplification Is The Message At Minnesota Legislative Press Conference

Posted on November 16, 2010. Filed under: Public Relations | Tags: , , , , |

Top Minnesota Republican lawmakers used a before-and-after technique to graphically show the state press corps how they’ll reduce government complexity by streamlining House and Senate committee structure.

Republicans charted the complexity of the old, DFL-enabled (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota) committee structure on one foamboard. That graphic was the very picture of mind-boggling complexity of the type known to cause deep brain damage to business people and other elements of the citizenry hoping to understand the legislative process.

The Republicans, fresh from their stunning electoral sweep of both the House and Senate branches of government, revealed their own, much-edited version of the legislative process on a separate board. By contrast, the Republican solution was the picture of simple elegance. It’s also an elegance that’s more affordable to the state’s taxpayers, as it will trim state expenditures by perhaps $1 million, said Kurt Zellers, the new Speaker of the House Designate.

“We wanted to productively innovate to make…the government process more transparent,” said Amy Koch, the new Senate Majority Leader.

Calling the old format a “plate of spaghetti,” Zellers said that the new structure will reduce the number of cross-referencing committees and  subcommittees in the Senate from 25 to 16, while taking the existing 38-40 committee structure in the House down to a more manageable 24.

The message was clear: the Legislature’s new leadership intends to make government more user-friendly and more accessible, first by cutting down on the number of moving parts involved in the legislative process.

“We campaigned on smaller government, and this is out first step,” said Koch.

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