Mpls. plan to add health inspectors comes with a fee

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2012 - 10:25 PM

Mayor says budget staffers who said chain restaurants would pay less than other eateries were mistaken.

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wplettfanAug. 29, 1210:48 PM

Health Inspectors?? Just another fat cat government job where someone gets to do nothing, retire early and make bazillions of dollars. Who needs health inspectors? A little food poisoning now and then thins the herd!!! Sarcasm, folks.

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bwikAug. 30, 1212:22 AM

Why not add Wealth Inspectors as well? Just saying. The city needs limitless funds although downtown remains more of a promise than a reality.

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DufferHAug. 30, 1212:27 AM

And Minneapolitans wonder why businesses are fleeing the city. Call it what you want, R.T., it's still a tax.

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shuckAug. 30, 12 2:09 AM

In the real world (anywhere but government) comparative analytics are certainly used to benchmark performance against comparable entities. However, every successful organization I've ever been involved with used those numbers to as a baseline to try to improve upon rather than as an excuse to sink to a lower "comparable" level of productivity. There may well be a reason to have more health inspectors. If Minneapolis establishments are causing more sickness than those in Saint Paul or elsewhere, then make that case as the rationale for needing more inspections. Simply arguing that the ratio of public employment slots to productive members of society is too low relative to other locales is not convincing on its own.

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nonewtaxesAug. 30, 12 4:58 AM

What triggered the sudden need for this increase? No evidence of health problems was cited in the article.

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furguson11Aug. 30, 12 6:38 AM

"Rybak's spokesman, John Stiles, said this is needed partly because Minneapolis has fewer inspectors per establishment -- one for every 377 facilities -- than other cities in the metro" Comparing cities is always a weak argument that can be flipped on you. Maybe they should compare taxes, fees and total cops and firefighters to other metro cities also.

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elmore1Aug. 30, 12 7:27 AM

RT, hope you watched the GOP convention. This is EXACTLY the problem that business owners have with DFL policies. Tax, create more roadblocks, create public sector jobs..This does nothing to improve the economy.

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murphydogAug. 30, 12 7:29 AM

Why, oh why, wasn't this bundled into the build stadium, save target center, rip off the city taxpayers bill?

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nonsuberAug. 30, 12 8:11 AM

or maybe...the City needs to examine it's administrative costs which seem to be spiraling out of control in all departments.

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nzallenAug. 30, 12 8:17 AM

As a consumer, I like the idea that smaller establishments with less experience, possibly less eyes on the process of food safety and prep would be more highly regulated for compliance. Perhaps a system where the fee can be reduced over time as the risk is verified reduced by successful inspections would help keep everyone on their toes and reward good practices. k

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