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Community Solutions Podcast- When Wild Mayors Attack

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew sit down for a follow-up discussion with New Brighton Council Member Gina Bauman and city council hopeful, Sue Erickson. This is an important podcast no matter where you live, because this is really what goes on in so many city councils, especially when the existing power structure gets challenged. We start out talking about some existing city issues and the upcoming election, which tells us a lot about the existing climate in the city, but then Gina drops a bombshell. Mayor Val Johnson tries to set up her own Diversity Task Force without even consulting the rest of the city council until this point. She already has hand-selected her task force members. Long story short, Council Member Bauman calls her on it and Mayor Johnson becomes unhinged. You need to hear her tell the story first, but you will still want to see it for yourself. You can see the work session video here.  Ever since the city was called out on violating state statute on changing election years from odd to even, Mayor Johnson has taken off the gloves. There’s no room for bullies on a city council. New Brighton needs a mayor with some humility.


October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions MN- What Happens When Nobody Votes

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This show may be about Golden Valley, MN, but indirectly it is also about your city. You see… your city or school board elections might have terrible turnout. That allows them, in a way, to do what they want to with little accountability. They know people won’t mobilize to vote them out. This is the tale of such a city, and there are many like them. Maybe your city has great turnout, but the city council still does crazy things like assembling “green” task forces to justify what they want to do, implementing life cycle housing without market demand, or creating mixed used development where it doesn’t belong. Either way, this podcast is for you, as we hope to open your eyes and give you some ideas to beat back the barbarians at the gate.

October 5, 2017 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Round and Round

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss the new American phenomenon that is sweeping the countryside: roundabouts! I know, the thought of them makes you shout for joy… ok, maybe not for joy, but they do make you shout. We’re going to tell you all about where they came from, the theory behind them, and why they are popping up everywhere. Whether you live in the city or in a rural area, your local government has discussed them or has actually built them. This is an important conversation we need to have now, because the others are having it, and will not stop their agenda willingly.

September 29, 2017 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Of Debt and Borrowing

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss various ways that cities incur debt. We illustrate how bonding works, and why you pay more for a bonded project than they tell you that you do. We also explain Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and how it is a game of playing favorites. Both of these types of financing have grown over time, and you need to understand how it affects you.

September 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Up and at ‘Em Show 274

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Here’s an interview we just did with Jack and Ben on the Up and at ‘Em show, Episode 274. We discuss the importance of building a farm team and and why we need a strategic approach to long term success in Minnesota. Enjoy!


September 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Introduction to Counties

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In this episode Jason and Andrew are fresh off speaking to a group in the Metro area, and decide to have a late-night sit down to discuss county government. Counties are often the least publicized form of government, but handle tons of money, make sweeping regulations, and push for big infrastructure projects. It’s time to become more aware of what a County Commission does, so that we can keep them more accountable.

September 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Is New Hope Out of Control?

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss three distinct issues being discussed by the New Hope City Council: 1) organized garbage hauling, 2) the proposed maximum tax levy for 2017, and 3) the details of the new city hall/police station/fire station/public pool project. New Hope may be completely out of control, but they are not alone. These are three subjects that your city has faced, is facing, or will soon face. It doesn’t matter where you live, this podcast will help you understand your community better. Don’t you go anywhere!




September 7, 2017 at 3:28 am Leave a comment

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