Disadvantaged people need government as much as anyone. If you can only afford one device, which would you own a cell phone or a PC? If you can't afford a smart phone, how can you browse the web? "Accessibility" spans more than just physical disabilities. Make government accessible to more Minnesotans. Here's how: Provide a texting service that allows the sender to ask questions of government that they need answers ...more »
That old red brick brewery stands strong in lowertown St. Paul. The Film and Music community in the Twin Cities has grown over the last fifteen years and our state continues to cultivate some amazing talent. The brewery is located by Swede Hollow Park and the Metropolitan Community College which would be a prime location for creative energies to come together and give the TC Film, TV, Cable, Entertainment and Music industries ...more »
Given there are more mobile phones (327 M) in the US than people (310 M), Minnesota government needs to reach citizens where they are, on their smart phones. Don't just build apps and waste taxpayer money doing it though, leverage the latest technology (like HTML5) and build a strategy and standard across all to ensure government content is produced based on responsive design and compliant with as many devices as ...more »
Allow us to pick up our driver's license at the same time we go into the DMV for renewal.
DHS - Currently when a individual/family is on a medical assistance program and the basis for eligibility ends, but they are now eligible on another program basis, they receive a notice that their coverage ends. This of course makes them panic and call their county eligibility worker. Who then explains that yes you are still covered. An option might be for ONE letter (consolidate for families as well) to state that ...more »
Establish a public and private partnership to study and create best practices to address the unmet needs of the "have not"s in technology integration and the unintended consequences of technology advances. Using technology can save a lot of money for the creator and some users/customers (goods/services faster, reducing headcount costs, etc., cheaper prices) but often shifts costs and burden on to the user or aren't financially ...more »
I don't know if Minnesota government does this already, but I work for the Federal government. Utilizing GSA schedules for IT (and/or other) purchasing may help save time and/or money.
The Federal Government, through the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 (and via other authorities), has the ability to issue innovation inducement prizes, or challenges, to help solve applied R&D/science problems while leveraging collaborative dollars and ideas while only paying for winning solutions instead of traditional "guaranteed" contracts. Minnesota State agencies with science/R&D programs, such as ...more »
If their vehicle isn't equipped with daytime running lights, require drivers turn their headlights on during the day.
Studies show the potential for significant safety improvements with minimal economic and/or environmental impacts.
I have been a mentor for children for a while now (10 year olds). I have also worked with Restorative Justice for quite a while and have truly seen teens restore control with what they already know and take a constructive step in the right direction. Public schools carry a heavy load with many children each year and not as many adults are aware of the connections that children of all ages miss out on while growing up ...more »
Most states, including Minnesota, have bicameral Legislatures modeled after the Legislative Branch of the Federal government (House and Senate). However, the primary reason for having two houses in the Federal Legislature does not apply to state governments. It would be more efficient to have one Representative Body. It is not a new idea (e.g. Governor Ventura, 1999), but my suggestion is to remodel the Legislature ...more »
Reduce paper waste in the counties by eliminating the computer generated letters informing clients their applications for financial/medical assistance has not been received and to resend it, then sending letters again the next month and when the county finally does get to the app that's been buried in the pile for 3 months, they sned out another letter stating their assistance has been 'reinstated'. eliminate it all and ...more »