We elect lawmakers to decide these issues

We suppose it is possible for state lawmakers to simply pass on every important decision they should make to the voters. But this is hardly the best way to run a representative democracy.

One plan in the Minnesota Legislature this year would let voters decide whether increases in the minimum wage should be automatically tied to increases in the cost of living. The plan would amend the state constitution, should it pass.

But a constitution exists to set up the rules for governing. Not to institute policy decisions that should be made by lawmakers. It is said that the minimum wage issue is creating an impasse at the Legislature this year. To which we say: So what? Then time and the resulting pressure – in whatever direction – will resolve the matter.

One of the benefits of having representatives in St. Paul – and there aren’t always a lot of benefits – is that they are elected to spend their time weighing alternatives, listening to expert opinions and casting votes on controversial measures. If they are not doing this, why do we need them? Citizens are generally busy with their own lives. We invest our representatives with our faith and trust to make those aforementioned policy decisions. They need to buckle down and do so. If they are undecided at this time – because there are not enough votes falling either way – then they can work on things again next year or the year after.