Join Us Tuesday Dec 13th for Our Holiday Party
We’d like to make our last Tuesday evening get-together of 2016 a chance to join with good friends and talk about what we’ve accomplished and what we need to do in 2017.
We may conduct a little business, and we may even experiment with a different way to conduct electronic voting. We would appreciate your feedback and ideas about what has worked this past year, and what we could do better.
We will do our best to keep business to a minimum. There will be no planned program. We will be offering a hearty assortment of appetizers and sweets. Come dressed in holiday attire and enjoy the spirit of the Growth and Opportunity Party!
Please click on this link to RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough food.
Fall Conversation Panelists Chart Course for New Legislature
Senate District 49’s sixth annual “Fall Conversation” once again presented some great wine tasting options and a panel discussion that took the promise of the new Republican legislature head on.
Over forty people turned out for the event at the Edina Country Club on Thursday evening, November 17. The ideas presented by the panel members were appropriately challenging.
The panel members brought their own perspectives, coming from different backgrounds within the Twin Cities. Mitch Berg is an outspoken political pundit and conservative radio talk show host on AM1280. Rep. Jerry Hertaus was recently re-elected to his third term as the representative to the Minnesota House from District 33A with 68% of the vote. Peter Nelson is Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment.
SD 49’s own Bill Glahn was the panel moderator, and he broke the ice very quickly. To read more about what the panel members had to say, CLICK HERE.
SWLRT Key to Met Council’s Plan for Urban Densities in the Suburbs
The Southwest Light Rail Transit plan is the latest power grab by the big government planners at the Metropolitan Council. Accountable to no-one but the Governor, the Metropolitan Council is intent on re-imagining our lives through centralized planning. The central feature of this centralized planning is ever increasing levels of light rail transit. While some refer to the “dream” of light rail, the reality is more like a nightmare.
The so-called “Green Line Extension,” otherwise known as the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), appeared to be in jeopardy when the Minnesota legislature did not approve $144.5 million in state funding for it. However, in a calculated political move, Gov Dayton bypassed the legislature. He got three metropolitan boards to come up with the funding instead.
To read how SWLRT is critical to the central planning vision of Dayton and the Met Council, CLICK HERE.
Update: Franchise Fees, Taxes in Disguise
On August 24 the MN Supreme Court unanimously decided against the City of St. Paul and for two churches that appealed their right-of-way (ROW) fee assessments, deciding that these were indeed taxes.
That decision may, eventually, open the door for nonprofits to challenge the pass-through utility Franchise Fee schemes that have become popular ways for cities like Bloomington and Edina to fund road, sidewalk and trail repairs without constraining discretionary budgets or increasing property taxes.
While the cities of Bloomington and Edina have made no comment on the court decision, the City of Duluth is wisely not waiting for someone to file a separate lawsuit on their Franchise Fees that are directed towards general city services like road repair. Instead Duluth is responsibly and proactively making plans to adjust tax levies and their budget priorities to ensure non-Franchise Fee funding for such core city services
CLICK HERE for our article with more information.
In a 3-part series we highlighted Bloomington’s Excessive new Franchise Fees, equivalent to a 14% property tax increase, and the Utility Fee Add-On that added a half-million-dollar surplus each year to the “Solid Waste / Curbside Cleanup” program fund. Here are links to those 3 articles.