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.
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.