Letter to the editor: Balancing the budget and creating jobs

NOTE:This letter to the editor was published in the Hastings Star Gazette on May 5, 2011

To the editor,

With less than three weeks to go in the 2011 Legislative Session, lawmakers will soon be putting the finishing touches on our top two priorities for the year: balancing the state’s budget by living within our means, and putting more people to work.

Earlier this session we passed, and Governor Dayton signed into law, a bill that will create more job opportunities for Minnesota’s workforce by streamlining Minnesota’s business permitting process. Over the years, Minnesota missed out on many business expansions due to our outdated permitting process, because entrepreneurs who were ready to create jobs didn’t want to wait a year or more for the state to give them the go-ahead.

Our new law states business permits need to be approved within 150 days, showing that our state is open for business and eager to grow jobs. In addition, we’ve also told our business leaders who worried about Minnesota raising business tax rates to rest easy, as the Minnesota House will oppose any tax increase proposals that would cut their ability to create future jobs.

Instead of waiting until the very last minute as we’ve done in previous years, the Minnesota House approved its budget balancing bills in early April and will soon have compromise proposals completed with the Minnesota Senate. As chair of the House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, I am working hard with the Dayton administration and his commissioners to resolve the differences we have and hope to have our bill presented to the Governor soon.

Until our budget bill negotiations have been completed with Governor Dayton and the Senate, we will continue debating policy bills over the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions or comments about any budget, job, or policy proposal we are discussing in the Minnesota House, I’d love to hear from you. Please call me at work at 651-296-3135 or at home at 651-437-2597, or email me at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Denny McNamara
State representative

(Source: http://www.hastingsstargazette.com/event/article/id/24814/group/Opinion/)

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