Appeals court revives Mpls. tree trimmer's license challenge

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2012 - 7:07 PM

The ruling for Jim Dolphy means he must be allowed to argue against Minneapolis ordinance that requires arborist certification.

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itsmeddcDec. 31, 12 8:54 PM

Wow, I think we should made Best Buy keep a brain surgeon on staff, to examine the brain of anyone attempting to purchase something there. You can be sure the Arborist is not running the saw. We need the little guy!, don't put him out of business!

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johnmcfaddenDec. 31, 1211:32 PM

I think we all know when we need an arborist or a trimmer. sheesh do we need government in THIS?

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mnpls123Jan. 1, 13 1:09 AM

Don't do business in Mpls then. It is only one city. Quit whining or meet the requirement. Pretty simple

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FrankLJan. 1, 13 1:53 AM

This is part of the hidden tax when living in Mpls. Services cost more due to unreasonable requirements. Go to the home show and you'll find the prices quoted don't include any work in Mpls, that price is higher. Strange, but I don't see homes in the suburbs having more problems than in Mpls. I guess those licensing requirements don't add to the quality of service, just the cost.

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balderdashedJan. 1, 13 6:30 AM

I get Dolphy's argument, and there are clearly a lot of laws that restrict the right of people to work, without any evidence that such laws further the public interest. But don't blame government for this -- laws have constituencies. How about the state law that says a liquor store can't choose to be open on Sundays? In that case (and many others I could cite), we have a law that's apparently on the books to protect small businesses from larger competitors -- the opposite of Dolphy's claim in this case. Cities play similar games with zoning laws, often acting to keep out larger retailers, in the name of protecting mom and pop places. We can argue whether that's good or bad. The point is, businesses large and small love to criticize government over-regulation, but are quick to demand it when it's in their economic interest -- when it's good for them and not so good for competitors. If we got rid all laws that have "no connection to public health or safety," we might be better off. But that's not going to happen.

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pasaraJan. 1, 13 8:00 AM

It is common sense that anyone cutting trees should have an arborist on staff so that there is some assurance it is done properly. A poorly trimmed tree affects the safety and property values of others.

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thecynic5712Jan. 1, 13 8:38 AM

Is there any common sense in the City of Minneapolis?

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getcrazyJan. 1, 13 8:47 AM

The guy is grinding stumps, removing trees and trimming trees. He isn't treating diseased trees. It's like a barber needing a license to practice medicine to cut hair.

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obamafone4meJan. 1, 13 9:18 AM

And to think people want bigger and a more powerful government. Absolutely amazing.

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cartoonconnJan. 1, 13 9:22 AM

I need to move.

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