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House Democrats say they want to hear from the public about how to reform state government, but Republicans say they already are presenting reforms.

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"We have been trying to reform government for a decade and been met with a deaf ear from Democrats," Minority Leader Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. "We don't need another discussion group, we need action. Our proposals are still on the table and we are still willing to offer them for the good of Minnesota if Democrats are sincerely willing to listen."

Representative Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, on Monday announced a caucus is forming to consider reform legislation. And he is soliciting ideas from Minnesotans.

Among proposals Zellers mentioned is one from Representative Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake, who says up to $90 million a year could be saved by turning the prison system over to a private business.

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