What We Stand For

July 31, 2014 at 9:17 am Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

It’s been brought to my attention that a certain former mayor recently ripped us in the Sun Post for being “anti-government” and “having no ideas.” Truth be told, nothing could be more wrong, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that we do a great job talking about what we don’t like. So perhaps I should take some time to tell what we WOULD like to see.

*City Government Reform

1) We would like to eliminate the city manager/weak mayor style of government. We favor a strong mayor set up where the mayor is an executive with the power to veto. This ensures separation of powers and gives us the checks and balances that our state and federal governments have.

2) We stand for even year elections. Under no circumstances do we support odd year elections. Even year elections only ensures that more people are paying attention and it keeps costs down by not having to hold elections every November. We favor this for cities, counties, and school districts. The same goes for school referendums.

3) We stand for Wards in every city; NO at-large elections for anything other than mayors. This ensures that every section of a city gets representation.

4) We oppose ranked choice voting as an expensive and unnecessary change. Minneapolis elections are just a circus. It’s a solution in search of a problem.

I should note that in each of the above principles we favor the lowest form of government making up their own minds, not the state or federal government forcing any of these changes.

*Free Market Principles

1) We oppose Public-Private Partnerships as crony capitalism. No company should receive favors from government. All businesses should be treated equally.

2) We opposed collectivization of garbage hauling since that would create a monopoly for a service. Free markets should determine the prices not a government contract.

3) We oppose forcing citizens to be on city utilities and we support allowing the use of private wells for water.

*Community Development and Land Use

1) We think the government should be the last resort to buying property not the first.

2) We oppose the creation of light rail. We support an expansion of the bus service. Bus transit is cheaper and more flexible to meet the transit demand.

3) We oppose the Livable Communities Program as an attempt to force high density housing on communities.

4) We opposed having to submit a comprehensive plan to the Met Council and support cities going their own way with planning.

5) We oppose the use of eminent domain under most circumstances and believe that city charters should define a “public good” so citizens know their private property rights.

*Transparency

1) We support televising work sessions or audio recording them

2) We support readable and understanble financial documents, not just throwing the budget up on the website

3) We support budget hearings BEFORE the councils begin their work, not in December after it is done

Now, this is just a sampling. There are many other things we support but these have been some of our major themes. So the next time anyone charges us with not having any ideas or solutions tell them to put all this in their pipe and smoke it.

 

 

 

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, City Government, Community, County, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Mayor, Met Council, New Hope, Plymouth, Referendum, Robbinsdale, Taxation, Three Rivers Park District.

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