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Exposing the Met Council

Jenifer Loon's amendment to SF2268 is an amendment that should've passed without dissent. According the House Journal for yesterday, it was rejected by the DFL on a straight party line vote. Rep. Loon's amendment was straightforward. Here's the language of Rep. Loon's amendment:

Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 473.3994, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 5a. Municipal consent for construction. The responsible authority may not commence construction on light rail transit facilities under sections 473.3993 to 473.3997 unless each statutory or home rule charter city, county, and town in which the route is proposed to be located approves the design plans as required under subdivision 3 and, if applicable, subdivision 5."

Page 2, delete line 30 and insert "This act is effective the day following final enactment. This act applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington. Section 3, paragraph (d), and sections 4 to 7 apply to a project in preliminary engineering, or final design, on or after that date."

In other words, elected officials in the affected cities should have the final say on whether a project can be completed that affects their community. These types of decisions shouldn't be left to a panel of people appointed by the governor and accountable to nobody.

The counterargument from the left is that things have to be done that way because individual cities might stand in the way of what they deem as important projects. That argument isn't compelling because important decisions shouldn't be made without the consent of the governed.

What's particularly disgusting about the Met Council is that a) they're appointed by the governor, b) these appointees aren't subject to a confirmation hearing and c) they have taxing authority. That means they violate the time-tested principle of no taxation without representation.

Cities and counties should have final say on projects affecting their cities and counties. A panel of unaccountable people picked by a governor shouldn't have the authority to raise people's taxes.

The Met Council is the picture of anti-Americanism.

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