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Oct 30, 2014
The Metropolitan Council is an appointed body created by the Minnesota Legislature to plan for the growth and delivery of regional services in the seven-county Twin Citiesmetro area. It has many of the broad powers normally entrusted to elected officials, such as the power to tax and take property for public use — but none of the council members are elected by the people they govern. The governor appoints all 16 commissioners and the chair; they serve at his pleasure and direction.
Oct 29, 2014
At the University of Minnesota’s “Voterpalooza” event earlier this month, the conversation with political candidates centered on, not surprisingly, student debt. With educational loans now totaling $1.1 trillion nationally and the average college graduate leaving university owing $32,500, this new credit crisis should be on the minds of all Minnesotans.
Oct 7, 2014
I may be a teacher, but I’m a slow learner. And while I teach history, I’m sometimes forgetful about dates. Just when did Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor instruct us that affirmative action should remain on the books for another 25 years? I’d guess we’re at least halfway there.
Sep 29, 2014
For many, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case spanning Texas to Minnesota has been tough to grasp as, up until several weeks ago, he was viewed by most people who knew anything about him as a good man, not just a great football player for the Minnesota Vikings. Compounding matters is that the charges against him have exposed a parallel universe of baby making and child rearing that most Americans don’t get to see every day. But when they do, most find it hard to fathom.
Sep 24, 2014
Local elected officials in Lakeville and Burnsville are telling the world they are fed up with the Metropolitan Council’s new 30-year plan for the Twin Cities seven-county region: “Thrive MSP 2040”.
Sep 22, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities area have many different dreams about the kind of home they want to live in. Local elected officials, too, have well-considered visions of how they want their communities to develop.
Sep 19, 2014
A quick note about the Adrian Peterson situation.
Sep 18, 2014
Creating stable middle class neighborhoods should be the top priority of our political and civic leaders — a goal requiring quality public schools, reasonable taxes and low crime rates. The simple fact is that Minneapolis and St. Paul will not be healthy without a large and growing middle class.
Sep 15, 2014
Housing is not a regional system over which the Metropolitan Council has statutory authority. With this unprecedented, 106-page Housing Policy Plan, you are engaged in major overreach. The plan seeks to promote an ideologically charged social planning agenda that goes far beyond the Council’s statutory powers.
Aug 18, 2014
Center of the American Experiment released a study last month on Minnesota's public pension plans. The report calls for the promises we make to public employees to be fully funded on a current basis instead of the IOU plan in effect now