Jeff Johnson on Local Issues
Disband the Met Council; replace it with regional body
I could not agree more with the idea of disbanding the Met Council. I do believe that it should be replaced with a limited regional body (without taxing authority) to coordinate sewer and water service lines and possibly an integrated bus service.
I were to make the campaign promise "I will eliminate the Met Council," however, I would be more than a bit disingenuous. The governor cannot disband the Met Council without a vote of the legislature and that is not going to happen with a DFL Senate,
which isn't up for reelection until 2016.
So, better than a promise impossible to keep is a plan. I will:
Source: 2014 MN governor campaign website JohnsonForGovernor.org
, Nov 1, 2014
- remove every member of the organization and appoint members who share my vision of the very limited role of the agency;
- support structural
reforms that dramatically scale back the scope of Met Council activities & remove its authority to tax; and
- use the "bully pulpit" of the governor's office to educate Minnesotans about the benefits of local control versus big government mandates.
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