This week, Senate leaders are touring the state looking at prospective projects for inclusion in the upcoming bonding bill. This year's short session, starting Feb. 25, will likely include a fierce debate over minimum wage and a bevy of bills to undo unnecessary laws or regulations as part of the government streamlining goal. Gov. Mark Dayton has dubbed it the "unsession."
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Dayton has often said his inspiration for an unsession came from a 1970s-era advertising slogan for 7-Up that billed the soft drink as the "uncola."
The connection between soft drinks and government reform is not easy to make. But Dayton is convinced the different approach of an unsession could bring clear and historic results.
"I think that's going to be a huge opportunity to really pare back some of the excesses of government and government rules and regulations and procedures that just take up too much time and are duplicative or redundant or obsolete," the governor said.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Minority Leader David Hann join The Daily Circuit to discuss the upcoming session. Speaker of the House Paul Thissen and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt join The Daily Circuit Thursday to continue the discussion.