New Met Council may raise hackles

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 4, 2011 - 4:13 PM

Squabbles with the old Republican council may seem tame if Democrats push harder on sprawl and the environment.

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redkayakOct. 4, 1110:40 PM

Clearly the met council has outlived it's usefulness. Now it's shuffling money to those that obey it's aribitrary rulings, and punishing those that don't. It's time to close the doors on this unelected body and turn the reigns over to a group directly accountable to voters.

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celtman1Oct. 5, 1110:51 AM

redkyak: You are dead-bang right. I take exception to this body that makes their own rules as they go, spending huge amonts of money, and are are only accountable to various politicians with their hidden agendas and politically motivated goals.

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splint1Oct. 5, 1111:44 AM

I honestly believe it is time for the Met Council to be elected. Scott County has almost 130,000 people who live in the county, but we have not had a Met Council representative who has lived in the county since the 1970s. Along with that, why should the representatives that represent the metro area be appointed by a person that was elected statewide? We should move to elections for Met Council representatives so that they truly represent the views of their district versus the views of the Governor. I doubt that people in Minneapolis felt Pawlenty's appointments represented their views and I doubt the people of Carver and Scott counties feel that Dayton's appointments represent their views.

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mtbikrOct. 6, 11 8:05 AM

Dissolve the Met Council! No unelected body should have the power of taxation and expenditures of public funds.

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chuckdancerOct. 7, 1111:16 PM

The costly way to go is low density urban sprawl and it costs forever once done. The folks on the Council are looking to bring efficiencies to the region that save forever. For conservatives it is to hell with the region give us power and money for us.

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