Who belongs on Met Council?

Does the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities' regional planning agency, need a governance makeover? The Minneapolis City Council thinks so. Full Story
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much power

Steamboat Springs, CO

#45 Mar 6, 2011
whoops.....

sorry, I lived in the TwinTowns once....now i'm in the mountains....as you can see
artur

Albuquerque, NM

#46 Mar 6, 2011
The Metropolitan Council , a Piltdown Man, a ruptured Albatross slung across the neck of the polity, a rotting stinkload lo these many years, an insulting salt bird, wafting its gilded crackboard feathers of the Minnasota Elite, and the Elite Wannabees; An invisible Eye that sees moisture everywhere, but must give us a the dry dollop and dram as they deem fit.
Parnelli Jones

Saint Paul, MN

#47 Mar 6, 2011
If they must keep the Met Council, then it should be an elective post with a single 2 year, or 3 year term. No more than that.
Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Mar 6, 2011
Oh, right - ask this NOW. Not when transit-hater Pawlenty stacks it with hacks like Meeks for the past 8 year.

Rag press.
Linda

Cottage Grove, MN

#49 Mar 6, 2011
Well, personally, I think the reason why there's a Met Council is to prevent the urban ghettos. I think that's why they try so hard to prevent sprawl and why the push so hard for things like the light rail. But they really can't say this directly. So instead they talk about regional planning and cooperation and equity and stuff like that. But actually it really is important to prevent urban ghettos. They really do drag everything down a lot more than taking steps to prevent them. So the weird thing about all this is the government really does do some things right sometimes. But often they do it in a backroom with unelected people and policy wonks.

“Vote Conservative”

Since: Feb 08

St. Paul

#50 Mar 6, 2011
Either make each member elected by the people of the cities and counties they represent or abolish the whole thing.

Currently the Met Council is a taxing and regulatory authority with no oversight and does not represent us. This IS Taxation Without Representation.
Freedom Lover

Saint Paul, MN

#51 Mar 7, 2011
No Surprises wrote:
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Agreed! "Livable" by who's definition - METC planners, of course? That is the sort of land use planning (which it really is, if you know the details - "Fair Share" affordable housing quotas for cities etc.)that METC needs to stay out of. A former Eagan mayor once called Livable Communities" "Social Enginering". She was right, but she caught a lot of flack for saying that.
There's a lot of fancy political jargon as well as euphamisms for how it is that the Met Council wants us to live and I always think of sardines.
Taxed 2 much

Chicago, IL

#52 Mar 7, 2011
Mr Whocares wrote:
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If memory serves me correctly, commissioners get around 25 grand a year. Plus, they get fawned on by developers looking for sewer extensions.
Close! Ramsey county commissioners make an average of $64000.00 a year (according to 2007 records). I would assume plus benefits. Oh, and there is 7 of them.....
Linda

Cottage Grove, MN

#53 Mar 7, 2011
I think we're talking about Met Council members. I think they do make around $25000 per year. I don't know how many times per month they meet though.
SoFnWhat

AOL

#54 Mar 7, 2011
If anybody belongs on the Met Concil, it`s Wisconsin Gov. Walker. Him and Mr. Kock have it all figured out.$450 an hour anyone...and no, you can`t get sick or take vacations...now get to work!
Duddy Duddleston

United States

#55 Mar 10, 2011
Get some retards...could not do worse.
Drunkoncouch

Vermilion, OH

#56 Mar 10, 2011
Former Member wrote:
You think this idea is corrupt? Let the builders control development and then don't complain when the state has to build another interstate exchange in Elko, Otsego, etc. for $25 million a piece. You people are clueless.
Builders know that if they build in an area with limited access it will limit their buyers.$25 million for an exchange is crazy. We need to allow non-union companies to bid on these projects. More competition will bring down the cost.

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