Dayton pledges to work with GOP to boost economyby Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said Thursday he plans to work closely with Republicans in the coming months to try to grow jobs and boost Minnesota's economy.
Dayton, a Democrat, made the pledge following a private meeting with Senate GOP majority leaders about the 2011 session. Both sides say job creation is a common concern, and they hope to reach quick agreement on legislation.
Dayton told reporters that he wants to streamline business regulations and speed up the response of state agencies.
"If the Legislature chooses to codify those timetables for a response, we'd work with them to make sure that they're reasonable and allow for public input, but that they also do permit businesses to get moving, get started and to expand," Dayton said.
Senate Majority Leader-designate Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said she welcomed Dayton's proposal. She also said members of her caucus are open to all job-creating ideas, and they will have many of their own.