The Localist Papers Part 8- The Cure

October 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

Part 8- The Cure

We’ve spent some time analyzing the problems with the manner in which local governments are doing business. The issues are many, but the solutions are out there. How can we find our way back?

First of all, most of our current crop of politicians have proved that they do not represent us. They represent themselves, Hennepin County, and the Metropolitan Council. We need a new batch that represents us.

Secondly, the City Charters need to be changed. Plan B cities need to become Home Rule Charter cities. The charters need to be set up in the “strong mayor-council” mold. We need separation of powers to keep the legislative branch in check. Mayors need veto power. The mayor would take the place of a city manager, saving cities money on their payrolls. Work needs to be out in the open. All commission, board, and working sessions should be televised (and archived on the internet), here in the video age, or work done at the City Council meetings. Detailed meeting minutes must be kept.

The people need to be able to put their foot down on taxes. The Charter needs to reserve a right for the people to stop government spending that is not in their best interests. Our leaders need to go through city ordinances and pare down restrictive policies. We are based on rule of law, and must have rules to operate smoothly, but not over-restrictive laws that inhibit our ability to work and live freely.

Remember these people are supposed to be public servants not public parents.


Entry filed under: City Government, Taxation.

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