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Change of Guard? Peter McLaughlin does not get endorsed for Hennepin County

The article, written with no sense of apology for its blunt focus on race, age and sexual preference, with little reference to policy positions, went on the describe other changes or potential changes in the guard in Minneapolis city and county positions. Nothing on addressing street crime, congestion or fixing pot holes, for example. Let’s just say it helps to get elected in Minneapolis if you are not an old, white, straight male. Sorry, Peter. ...

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Dayton Likely to Quash Met Council Reforms Again

Most of the focus on potential gubernatorial vetoes concerns the tax and spending bills just sent to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. Yet another measure before the governor also faces a likely veto for the second year in a row. A bill to shake up the Metropolitan Council passed with bipartisan support. But the Star Tribune reports Dayton will probably continue to shield the most powerful unelected regional government in the country from becoming more transparent and responsive to taxpayers. “It goes to the point of representation and accountability,” said Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, the House author. “Right now the Met Council...

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Center’s New Traffic Congestion Campaign Revs Up Media Interest

American Experiment's new campaign to rev up awareness of the policies and politics behind the Twin Cities' traffic congestion has caught the attention of Fox 9 News reporter Christina Palladino. Getting stuck in traffic is now a daily ritual for many Minnesotans in the Twin Cities metro area, but one group is offering a solution to break up the congestion. Some Minnesota freeways rank in the top 50 rankings for bottleneck congestion. While most drivers just deal with it, others are pushing to change the flow of traffic. “The solution to congestion is more lanes,” said John Hinderaker, the president of a Twin Cities think tank called The Center...

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The Star Tribune mischaracterizes Met Council compliance bill advancing in the U.S. House

"Congressional intent is that any MPO who’s structure changes in order to adhere to federal law, will be given a transition period. This amendment does not put in jeopardy any current or future federal investments or grants. In fact, my colleagues and I from Minnesota have been working with DOT to make certain our region gets the federal support we need." Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) ...

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Lewis Amendment Addresses Met Council’s Flawed Governance Model

On April 24th Rep. Jason Lewis put forth a locally important amendment to H.R. 4, the bill re-authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. It is a simple amendment that would finally require our unaccountable Metropolitan Council to finally have a majority of its governing board be elected officials. Lewis’s press release notes: Our amendment does not seek to change the operations or scope of the Met Council. It does not attempt to change the activities of the board. It simply requires that for a board be in compliance they need to have locally elected official representation consistent with every other MPO in the...

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The Met Council: The Least Safe Operator of Its Peers

In the last two weeks, our ever-expanding Metropolitan Council announced that it intends to become the owner of a rail corridor in order to facilitate the construction and operation of the Southwest Light Rail line (SWLRT), which would be an extension of the current Green Line. Specifically for the new line the Council would own the rail corridor and operate light rail trains adjacent to freight trains. It seems no task is too big for our uniquely unelected regional authority, which has by far the largest budget and scope of any such organization in the country. So where would that leave...

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I Challenge Anyone at the Met Council to Watch this Video on the Coming Future of Energy and Transportation and Then Explain Why It’s Smart to ‘Invest’ $2 Billion in SW Light Rail

I would also like those at the Met Council involved with committing taxpayers to spend $2 billion on SWLRT, plus millions more annually for operations and maintenance, to read my post from last year: All the reasons the Met Council screwed up $BIG TIME by forcing light rail....

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Should MN amend the constitution (again) to get dedicated funds for roads?

Lawmakers are frustrated. They cannot get enough funding for roads. Why? MnDOT has been captured by the “multi-model” approach to mobility championed by the Metropolitan Council, our mega regional planning and transit planner, owner, operator and funder (it levies taxes). They are Met Council Multi-Model Moonies at MnDOT. ...

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