Assessing GOP job efforts is tricky

Published 9:50 am Monday, April 18, 2011

By Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio News

When it comes to job creation, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch avoids numbers.

Koch, R-Buffalo, has been suspicious of past jobs claims from legislators, especially those linked to bonding bills. She said the best thing lawmakers can do to help businesses hire more people is to simply pass a balanced budget without raising taxes.

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“A responsible state budget will be very helpful in securing the confidence of businesses across the state,” Koch said. “They in turn will begin to create jobs, begin investing and expanding and starting new businesses.”

But despite calls by Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate to make job creation a priority in the legislative session, with about month left until adjournment it’s hard to measure their success.

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