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The centerpiece of "Reform 2.0" is a constitutional amendment to require a supermajority in both chambers to raise taxes. House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Majority Leader Matt Dean, surrounded by more than a dozen caucus companions in a Thursday news conference, gave few other specifics of what the plan would entail.

House GOPers launch ‘Reform 2.0’ campaign

Majority Leader Matt Dean

In an effort to shift the conversation away from lingering resentments over the outcome of the 2011 budget fight, Republicans are launching a government overhaul project under the banner “Reform 2.0” in advance of the 2012 session.

The centerpiece of “Reform 2.0” is a constitutional amendment to require a supermajority in both chambers to raise taxes.  A Reform 2.0 Steering Committee will form working groups and reach out to constituents to get feedback and ultimately develop policy. House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Majority Leader Matt Dean, surrounded by more than a dozen caucus members in a Thursday news conference, offered few if any other details regarding the shape and thrust of the plan.

Zellers said the fight should no longer be about “whether we raise taxes or not.” “Minnesotans, this is what they want,” he said. “They’re sick of the fight about the money.”

Zellers said the overhaul has been a long time coming, adding that GOP legislators have been working on these ideas for “years.” They will push the idea at the Minnesota State Fair. Gov. Mark Dayton also plans to travel around the state next week to talk about economic development and job creation.


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