Minneapolis Communist Council
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 25, 2013
The Minneapolis City Council is currently considering a proposal to take over the local gas and electric utility systems.
The Council recently voted to hold public hearings on August 1st to discuss creating municipal utilities.
If they decide to proceed with this take-over, there will be a city-wide vote in November.
PLEASE educate yourselves on this disastrous issue, tell your friends and neighbors and shut this down before it starts. The August hearing will be the ONLY chance for public in-put before a vote in November.
#2 Jul 25, 2013
Hey John, living in a suburb where the city runs the electric utility and other utilities you are correct!
Our electric and trash prices are higher than XCEL and we are paying higher taxes than like suburbs without a city run utility. PLUS all the employees of the city utilities are Government employees that will get pensions from the taxpayers of the city. You look at Detroit and their biggest liability is their pension funds. Government consistantly pays out pensions they can't afford and then the city goes broke.
Having a discussion with an XCEL employee who was a lineman. He said in Texas there are a number of private utilities selling electricity. All those private utilities use the same transmission infrastucture. Retail customers can buy electricity from anyone they like based on price and service.
Clearly: The Best Government Is Less Government.
The main reason for that is Government is by nature a Monopoly. Once they take over anything they can set prices, service levels, discriminatory policy and whatever else they want. IMHO, the utilities in Texas are the way to go, competition competition competition. THE only way to go.
#3 Jul 25, 2013
Also, Minneapolis is trying to be the 'greenest' city in the country. They have already forced the utilities to invest in solar and wind energy, which has done nothing but raise prices.
If they get away with this boondogle there will be a windmill in every yard. And there is a candidate for mayor who wants to put solar panels on 200 public buildings. It will take 85 years to get a return on the investment.
#4 Jul 25, 2013
Agree, the saddest aspect of Minneapolis buying utilities will be that the poor working stiffs will be the only ones getting hammered. Those on welfare don't care, the rich arn't impacted and companies have their writeoffs.
Pity the poor workers.
#5 Jul 25, 2013
Actually the 2013 Legislature mandated solar energy be a percentage of every utilities electricity.
However, the Iron Range was exempted AND municipal utilities were exempted from the solar mandate. Could that mandate put Minneapolis in a position to provide cheaper electricity than XCEL?
Could this be another monopoly grab by DFLers?
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