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MPUC Chair’s Nomination for New Job Raises Concerns

Remember the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Chair who was so torn over the burdens of exercising her authority over the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project last summer that she sobbed during the panel's deliberations? MPR's coverage left little to the imagination. PUC Chair Nancy Lange broke down at one point, grabbing a handful of tissues and expressing how conflicted she was about allowing fossil fuels to cross the state for decades to come. "How would I feel if I woke up in five years and that line had leaked?" Lange said, referring to the possibility that the old Line 3 would continue operating, despite...

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Being pro-free enterprise is not the same as being pro-big business

There is no problem with big businesses per se. If they have grown and stayed big by producing goods and services that consumers want to purchase, they are to be applauded. This is a good thing. But where they have gained and maintained their size by sucking up to the government, that is to be opposed. ...

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MPUC Bows to Activists in Delaying Vote on Natural Gas Plant

State regulators have once again empowered environmental hardliners by postponing a decision on a natural-gas power plant proposed by Minnesota Power. While the plant will be built in Superior, the utility still needs the approval of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Yet instead of voting on the $700 million plant on Thursday, the MPUC put off a final decision at the request of a far-leftist group, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Although the PUC was expected to make a decision Thursday, a last-minute filing by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board on Tuesday asked the PUC to consider an additional environmental review...

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Breaking News: Tech Giants are Biased

Several videos have surfaced that make it clear, in case anyone needed video proof, that the tech giants are led by left-leaning titans that have contempt for at least a half of its U.S. customer base.Yes, and it begs for a market solution, ideally not regulation but given the monopoly enjoyed by Facebook and the ubiquitous nature of the giants, this one is going to be a puzzle. I will get the Center interns working on it!...

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Will Citizens’ Last-Minute Opposition Trash St. Paul City Garbage Grab?

Who collects your garbage may not be the most compelling issue of the day--until it comes to your city and street. Just ask the thousands of residents of St. Paul who are pulling out all the stops to prevent the city from implementing "organized garbage collection" next Monday. But it's not over until it's over, according to the Pioneer Press. The city of St. Paul has almost finished rolling out 73,000 new trash carts, but organized residential trash collection — which is scheduled to begin Monday — may be facing its greatest challenge yet. After more than 14 months of contract negotiations...

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Minnesota Public Utilities Cowards

It's hard to disagree with the malcontents that broke up the latest public meeting yesterday of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  Their main message? "PUC" stands for "Public Utilities Cowards," according to a Duluth News Tribune report of the breathtaking lack of backbone on display again by state energy regulators under the Dayton administration. The protestors, who describe themselves as water protectors, sat with their backs turned to the commission for the first hour of discussion with shirts that read "Public Utilities Cowards" on the back. The Star Tribune also provided the play-by-play as commissioners allowed the disrupters to take over a...

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Public Pools to Robotic Mowers: The Minnesota Bonding Bill

Minnesota's current bonding bill allocates $825 million, derived from the issuance of state bonds. Eventually, these bonds must be payed back with interest, making this funding scheme expensive for the taxpayer in the long run. However even knowing this, St. Paul approved some strange spending. ...

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MN High Court Rules for Citizens Fighting Bloomington on Garbage

A citizen watchdog group just handed the city of Bloomington an embarrassing loss at the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case started over the rights of residents of the Twin Cities suburb to choose their own garbage hauler. But more broadly the unanimous 6-0 ruling upholds the standing of citizens in home rule charter cities to bring petitions and place legislation on the ballot apart from and in opposition to the city council. I wrote about their Hands Off Our Cans campaign several times over the course of their three year effort to hold elected officials in Bloomington accountable to the city charter.  They’ve...

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