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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Jay Kiedrowski
The downside to Minnesota's government reopening, which creaked to a start in earnest Thursday: No significant progress was made on the state's massive budget woes, leaving lawmakers and taxpayers on track to face the same — if not bigger — deficit problems in two years.
It's Walter Mondale and Friends to the rescue in Minnesota, where the state's political elders have staged a third-party intervention.
"I think they are truly divided, and it's not unlike the president and the national Congress," said Mr. Kiedrowski, who served as Minnesota finance commissioner from 1983 to 1987. "It really is a microcosm in what is happening nationally. I am struck by the similarities."
He said he was pleased to serve but called the divisions within state leadership significant, noting he did not see things changing in the short-term.