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Lawmakers looking for government innovation


ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota legislators entered 2010 with hopes of redesigning state and local government, with an eye on efficiency.

Nearly halfway through the year, they have some councils, boards and the like looking into the issue, but still are looking for the redesign.

In light of a state budget deficit some predict will be north of $5 billion next year, those dreams take on a new importance. A more efficient government, most say, means more bang for each tax dollar.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.