Straight Talk

Awards are handed out for all sorts of things. But this could be the kicker. An award for talking straight. No legalese. No double talk. Just plain language.

The recipient?

The Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Yep, the department got an award for its use of clear and simple language. The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs gave the department its State Innovation Award last week in St. Paul for providing information in its letters, webpages and other materials that’s easy to find, understand and use.

Plain language saves people time, energy and headaches and makes the department more efficient, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said in a press release.

Too bad its such a rarity. Now, if only the IRS would follow their lead.