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Reader's view: Legislature's start isn't promising for jobs

I've been watching our Minnesota Legislature get off to a slow start, and I'm concerned. Some committees haven't even met yet; it's time the leadership got down to business.

I've been watching our Minnesota Legislature get off to a slow start, and I'm concerned. Some committees haven't even met yet; it's time the leadership got down to business.

We have big problems facing our state. We have a $6.2 billion deficit. Last year at this time 6.9 percent of Minnesotans were unemployed; this year, that percentage is 7.1 percent. It's going the wrong way.

Now is the time to move swiftly from talking points to real legislative actions. Governing is different from campaigning, and it's time the legislative leadership left partisan issues behind and focused on the pressing business of the people.

What has been started seems disingenuous. What is dubbed a "jobs bill" (SF 1) contains three tax decreases and six amendments to environmental regulations. This is the same old partisan-based effort wearing a nifty "jobs" hat. I don't buy the idea that the answer to everything is to cut taxes and eliminate protections.

A repeal of Minnesota's nuclear moratorium is on the leadership's agenda, front and center. However, it's an insincere effort and a distraction as there is a strong possibility of a veto and it won't lead to a single job anytime soon.

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What about our budget? What about supporting statewide the effort Rep. Tony Sertich suggested for the IRRRB, which was to provide incentives for local businesses to hire new employees.

The Legislature has to balance our budget and do so without hurting our schools, without going back on our promises to help our elders live in dignity, without leaving our fellow citizens' basic needs unmet and without destroying our state's ground, water and air.

The new leadership had better get to work!

Kristin Larsen

Pequaywan Township

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