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      This Week at the Capitol: Common Sense Reform

      Posted on March 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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      There was a lot of action this week at the Capitol, with legislative deadlines looming and important legislation on the move. However, there was also a lot of great work being done around government reform and improving services for all Minnesotans.

      Today, the Governor stood with Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to celebrate yet another competitive federal grant award for MDE. Today’s grant money brings the total amount of new money won by the department under the Dayton administration to nearly $119 million. These reforms (and the funding we have won as a result) mean that our state’s schools continue to improve and that Minnesota is returning to a role as a national leader in education.

      Earlier this week, Human Services Commissioner Cindy Jesson did a wonderful job of trumpeting her Department’s work to save taxpayers money while still ensuring that their programs serve Minnesotans well. The Department of Human Services has established a new Office of the Inspector General to root out waste and fraud in social service programs.

      Finally, with tax season upon us, the Department of Revenue launched a new tool called “Where’s My Refund?” This tool allows Minnesota tax filers to track online the status of their refund from the Department of Revenue. By bringing this tool online, the Department of Revenue is becoming more accessible to citizens and serving them more effectively.

      We think that it is important to share some of the hard work that has been done to improve the way government provides services. Subscribe to our email list to make sure you get the latest updates on common sense reform.