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Recycling Markets Have Changed. Will Minnesota Cities Adapt?

One of the core arguments for limited government involvement in the private sector is that private companies are much more receptive to changes in market conditions than governments because they are sensitive to price. If the price of a product plummets, the private sector produces less of  that product, but this is not how governments operate because politicians aren't sensitive to dollars, they're sensitive to votes. When it comes to issues like recycling, emotions often trump economics, which is why local elected officials around the country often campaign on higher recycling rates, even though these decisions never made economic sense. Now,...

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Minneapolis Not Enforcing Plastic Bag Fee Through At Least July 1, 2020

Yesterday I wrote about how the City of San Francisco has not only revered their ban on single-use plastic bags to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, but they have also banned the use of reusable bags due to concerns that these bags may be less sanitary than single-use plastic bags. Locally, it appears that the City of Minneapolis is suspending enforcement of a mandatory 5 cent bag fee until at least July 1, 2020. This information was obtained via an email request, and you can read the entire response below: "Effective January 1, 2020 retail establishments are required to charge...

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Plastic Bags Save Lives, So Why are “Environmentalists” Trying to Ban Them?

Plastic bag bans and taxes have become all the rage in urban areas, as generally affluent, liberal city officials try to reduce the use of plastic bags. However, current events with the COVID-19 virus show that environmental virtue signalling by banning plastic bags could come at a large cost to public health. According to an article in City Journal:  "The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses—and spread the viruses throughout the store. Researchers have been...

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Clueless Minneapolis City Leaders and Sam Rockwell Are the Problem, Not Natural Gas Use

Elected officials and planners in the city of Minneapolis are lamenting the fact that carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas increased in 2018, and that the city is not on track to meet it's 2050 CO2 emissions targets, according to an article in the Star Tribune. Sam Rockwell, who is the president of the Minneapolis Planning Commission, also wrote to the Strib that natural gas use must be slashed, and encouraged Minneapolis to follow the lead of Berkeley California, and ban the use of natural gas in new construction. However, it is the unrealistic, expensive, and ultimately heartless carbon dioxide emissions...

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Two Dead As People Leave Housing In Favor of Homeless Camp Near Cedar Riverside

The growing homeless encampment near Cedar Riverside along Hiawatha and Franklin avenue in Minneapolis has proven dangerous, as two people have now passed away at the encampment. The encampment has quadrupled in size over the past month, overwhelming the ability of the city to provide health and sanitation services to those who have taken residency there....

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Taxpayers to Get Squeezed After Minneapolis School District Mismanages Their Budget, Again…

The Minneapolis School District can't seem to get their act together. The district overspent by $21.6 million last year, now the school district is seeking to raise property taxes by $18 million in a referendum on the ballot this fall. If you live in Minneapolis, you can see what these additional levies will cost you by clicking here. The Minneapolis School District has been badly mismanaged. According to a Star Tribune article from last year, auditors highlighted seven areas of financial missteps, including problems in budgeting, payroll and approval of district purchasing cards. "Some employees remained on payroll after they left the district...

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