MNGOP Sen. Chamberlain on Mark Dayton's "Plain Language" order: "Words fail"

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Chamberlain (left) on Dayton's language directive: "It's not bold, it's not leadership, and it's not new."
As part of his legislative agenda for this year's "Unsession," Gov. Mark Dayton today issued an executive order requiring "the Office of the Governor and all Executive Branch agencies to communicate with Minnesotans using Plain Language."

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What's "Plain Language," you ask? Dayton tried to clarify the distinction in this fact sheet:

Plain Language Fact Sheet



And here, via another document distributed by the Dayton administration, are some handy-dandy examples:

Plain Language Examples



That might seem all well and good, albeit a bit bizarre, but reached for comment this afternoon, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, had this reaction to Dayton's executive order: "Words fail."

"First, I'm thinking, is this the critical issue of the day?" Chamberlain said. "The people who work in state government, getting them to use 'Plain Language,' is that the bold idea we've been looking for?"

"I kind of put it in the basket with the 'Unsession' itself," he continued. "I talk to staff and they say it's ridiculous because it's just the same thing we do every year, scrub bills of obsolete language we don't use anymore, but that's what the Unsession is and it's PR spin and nothing new."

Chamberlain also questioned how Dayton's executive order could possibly be enforced.

"Are we going to have a whole regulatory structure for 'Plain Language'?" he said. "Sometimes the rules are complicated, and communicating them is hard."

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mnmike
mnmike

Old DFL language: "revenue enhancement".  new DFL Language "we're gonna jack your taxes up again and spend all of it".

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Oh good, more catty politics from the right. Can we expect to see chamberlain on Downton Abbey in a footman role next season, perhaps? But I suppose I'd be a little fussy too if I had to represent Lino Lakes...

Gary Jackson
Gary Jackson

No surprise, the GOP likes to complain. There is no issue too trivial for them to not comment.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

GOP have always had superior rhetoric, this is undebatable. For the left this is an extremely pathetic goal or mission here. So very confusing and counterproductive. what is the point? who is concerned? this is how bureaucracies operate, deep in muddy waters.



heres an idea for politicians: dont assume everyone is so stupid that you can just get over on everyone


ya sure, you can pull the wool over the majorities eyes with political double talk and confusing simple ideas i.e @mingtran


SO KNOW THE GOVT IS GOING TO ACT LIKE KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, AND SPELL IT ALL OUT SO VERY CLEAR.


seems like a ruse 

LetsGoMetricUSA
LetsGoMetricUSA

@lawremipsum Also: God forfend public servants receive training or guidance on how to more clearly communicate with citizens.

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

The proposal is basically a fat chunk of the GOP platform, minus giveaways to business & social regulations. @LetsGoMetricUSA

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