What Issues Should the Minnesota Legislature Focus on in 2013?

With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.


With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them.

Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage.

And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year.

With so many issues on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think should take priority when the Legislature convenes Jan. 8. Should it be tax reform? Transportation? Education? Social issues? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

yomammy January 09, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Medicaid, Medicare, VA, dozens of state/local funded health agencies and now oblama care....all seperate programs...all soaking those of us that work... you would think they could all be merged into one. But who am i to suggest something as silly as that...
Markus January 09, 2013 at 07:27 PM
This article is a good compliment to my post above. http://www.garynorth.com/public/10521.cfm
Jim Flaherty January 09, 2013 at 07:48 PM
This would be called socialized health care and is what I think Obama wants in the future.
Sa March 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I agree: Focus on: 1. removing duplicate laws and laws with in the law 2. we have hate crime bill/women against violence/rape/abuse. all under the law of do not harm another. 3. discrimination yet government is the biggest offender and has exceptions to the law. Discrimination law then government should not: 1. allow apps to have age/race/gender just citizen and non 2. aid based not on with or with out family by need only 3. insurance all kinds remove age/race/gender/history of family 4. grants/scholarships not by race/grade/sports 5. taxes flat tax all pay = % of earned income. does not matter rich/poor/middle class married or not married. 6. remove gifting tax unless we tax the money to those who receive aid. this indirectly is a gift. 7. government now wants to know when a person helps someone who and how much. Why? they are not writing it off. When did we allow government to say we can not help or if friend and family paint your house due to lead law you cannot give them money to thank them or buy pizza otherwise your paying for a service. We should not pass laws and have exceptions to the rule.
yomammy March 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I am ALMOST for it...jsut get rid of the duplicate friggin systems we have!!!! we dont need a dozen agencies doing the SAME thing!!! too much overhead!!! ---that and ANY .gov program is doomed to massive overruns and mismanagement.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »