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January 16, 2009

Harsdorf Applauds Interstate Collaboration


River Falls, Wisconsin...Wisconsin State Senator Sheila Harsdorf applauded the collaborative initiatives of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to create efficiencies in the delivery of government services.

“If you live where we live, you quickly realize how our area operates as a region,” said Harsdorf. 

“We should not be constrained in our problem-solving by state lines when opportunities exist to maximize our resources.  I believe state and local governments could serve the taxpayer better if we can partner with Minnesota on operations, training, and resources.”

Harsdorf offered public support to Governor Doyle as he moves forward on the specifics about where efficiencies can be created to benefit taxpayers.   These could include addressing legislative barriers and working to identify savings.

“State government needs to creatively achieve cost-savings for taxpayers while supplying essential services,” said Harsdorf.   “While we are facing a historic budget shortfall, we must make the most of opportunities to reduce administrative costs and advance development initiatives that will position us for economic growth.”