Lori Sturdevant: R.T. Rybak's strategy for hard times

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2008 - 5:44 PM

The mayor has adopted a disciplined, data-driven style.

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therightDec. 21, 08 5:07 AM

Maybe if Mayor Rybak would not waste our tax money on $45,000.00 water fountains we would have some extra money, or he could charge interest on the city loans he gave Muslims.

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bernice3Dec. 21, 08 3:17 PM

the legislature MUST compel Pawlenty to end his harmful failure to tax the rich at the same rates as those with lower incomes. This is a moral issue. I keep waiting for them to GET MAD and fight back. Now would seem a good time to start by passing the legislation. If the governor vetos it, they can then point to the veto as irrefutable evidence that the governor has again decided to serve the failed no-tax ideology instead of Minnesota's citizens.

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theotttuckerDec. 22, 0811:37 AM

Ok, 45,000 drinking fountains is wasteful, but it isn't $700 billion. On the other hand, Rybak proposed developing 5 regional areas across MN - which could create regional hubs of economic activity with their own airports, businesses, etc, that would decentralize the population (3million+) that's causing the congestion in the twin cities. That would create more projects for outstate, justify highway spending for improved transportation, and maybe even moved the political center of the democratic party out of minneapolis so that rural areas would have better state representation. Personally, I don't want the democratic party in control of this state, but the thought process of government has been hijacked by the lifers at the legislature, and if Mayor Rybak wants to bring his message of combining government services to the state, then sign me up. I'm tired of the status quo in this state.

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StillkatnDec. 22, 0812:58 PM

Stop with the class-warfare BS - the state has the one of the highest tax rates in the nation (not specific - but top 10) Rybak does have a lot going for him, considering that he's Mayor of one of the most liberal cities in the nation. Stopping the overlap and duplication of services is a great idea! Problem is - the unions would NEVER allow it (thanks liberals). He's got a battle on his hands, and I think he's got some good ideas - but I think the Minneapolis liberals will destroy him before he can impliment most of his plans. Sure, the $45,000 drinking fountain was stupid - but that bought him cover with the Bernices of the city. Divert their attention and we might just have a chance.

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karendavid816Dec. 23, 08 6:58 AM

Has RT publicly called for an end to allowing retired cops and firefighters to serve on pension boards making investment decisions? Those two old pension systems are still costing the city millions because every bad investment decision is covered by Mpls taxpayers. Take the money away from these boyz and let them just have their monthly meeting stipends, free lunches, conventions, golf tournaments, etc without making investments.

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miaconoDec. 26, 08 8:55 AM

brought to you by the R.T. for Mayor 2012 campaign.

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correctmanJan. 3, 09 8:39 AM

We are asking people to pay taxes, when they should be receiving income.

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correctmanJan. 3, 09 8:50 AM

and Pawlenty should be held accountable....It is time for Minnesota to subsidize StarTribune columnist Nick Coleman.

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jshelleyJan. 25, 0910:34 PM

But I would rather see him continue on in Minneapolis.

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