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You are criminals representing the UN whether you realize it or not. I said this to you, despite being scared out of my mind. I wish I would have recorded your scowls and frowns. I also wish I would have recorded the knowing grin on the face of the Council's head.... because she KNOWS every word of this is true:

Hello - thank you for allowing me to speak. Thrive 2040 means we cannot build our homes where and how we wish. It means we cannot operate our motor vehicles at a reasonable cost, or possibly at all. It means rising costs for energy, gasoline, housing, food, water, and taxes which will be exacerbated by a decrease in the quality of life as underemployment, joblessness, and infrastructure deteriorate along with the tax base as people flee our inflicted area. They will not come in droves as predicted. The jist of Thrive 2040 is summed up at the bottom of page 43: ""This section discusses four special features to emphasize the strong roles they play shaping how THE COUNCIL wants the region to grow and develop." Personally, I take this as a threat and a reversal of the notion of by the People for the People. Thrive 2040 violates what America stands for - it cedes control of our personal prosperity and autonomy and gives it to a body of central planners. Similar plans have failed in Portland, Seattle, and San Jose. Thrive 2040 is a socialist plan, developed by the UN, in 1992, and called Agenda 21. The goals of Agenda 21 and Thrive 2040 are the same: create regions in the United States of low mobility, high density, welfare-based social control centers, with the intent of destroying all sovereignty from the local level to the national level and calling it stewardship, prosperity, equity, livability, and sustainability. The council has a legitimate role in coordinating public works when they operate for the People. Thrive 2040 has nothing to do with the People, it has to do with what the COUNCIL wants. It has been pounded into our heads for years - "global warming is real, it is man-made, and we have to stop consuming everything, failure will kill us all." We need a rational evidence-based discussion about global warming, and climate change in general because global warming is certainly not caused by man, as the evidence from any real scientific endeavor regarding it shows. So the cause for the creation for Thrive 2040 is a lie. The goal is compliance through fear to get us to accept regulations for efficiency and lose our freedoms at the same time. Restrict your travel, shorten your showers, allow PACE inspectors into your home, buy solar panels and wind turbines, sell your cars, only buy local food. We can tell you the truth the next time you tell us these things - go put out the sun if you want to stop climate change. Finally, back to more important matters - our families. We don’t want our future generations to be born into bondage for the reckless spending practices you social idealists are proposing in Thrive 2040. We don't need 90 million dollar a mile trains. We don't need subsidized housing. We don't need this MET council dictating where, how, and when we can do what we want to do. We don't need this Thrive 2040 plan. In order to thrive we need LIBERTY and FREEDOM.

Park space for dogs increases human interaction. These spaces become community gathering places where people actually talk to each other. We need this! We also need urban reforestation. Parks create space for large trees underneath it.

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jovan bedessi almost 4 years ago

Businesses should be required to charge a carbon tax for the pollution and congestion they created it.They can have parking cash out for employees that use transit and stop rewarding people to drive.Free parking discourages transit use.Too many green space is paved for parking which pollute the water and pollute the air .Too many businesses are expanding and moving to the suburbs creating more congestion and force people to drive more .Built TOLL and charge higher fares for transit users living outside the beltway.TC is the only area with standard fares for everyone regardless of the distance.Commuter routes are expensive to operate because they are one-way services with mostly deadhead hours creating more pollution.

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jovan bedessi almost 4 years ago

The state are spending millions subsidizing parking for Govt employees .The capitol area is the size of downtown St Paul with half of it devoted for parking lots now half of the park is paved over for surface parking lots .Many of the parking lots were former businesses that paid taxes, the city and state are losing tax revenue.There are 2 LRT stations by the capitol area.State workers have access to deep discount Transit passes but most employees are driving.During the Govt holidays the traffic light when most Govt offices are closed.Stop CAPITOL SPRAWL and save the tax payers millions Govt offices should be located where transit are accessible.

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Too many buslines with low ridership continue to operate with standard buses when smaller ones can be used with contract services to keep cost down RT 87 Cleveland Ave is contracted and uses smaller buses the cost is lower. Crosstown routes are historically have low ridership. DALE ST ,#65 averages 8 riders/bus cost $1+M with duplicated segment for 1/3 of its routing on Selby. Burns Ave/ST Clair.#70 Stryker #75 Concord #71 46 th ST /50th st crosstown #46 Prospect park #8 averages about 4 riders per buses and the subsidy is 3 times the average buslines.Riders are within 1/4-1/2 mile to major buslines .This routes cost $400000 /yr to operate .taxi would be cheaper Subsidy is $7.60/riders who can walk to nearby buslines 1/4-12 mile to rt 2-16/60 every
Highland Bus#134/144 cost $1.1Million to operate where for 16 hours during rush hours most of the cost is labour non-revenue. ELIMINATE COMMUTER ROUTES in the two central cities where there are many existing buslines Drivers does not need to be paid to drive empty buses( out of service) Highland ,Uptown ,SE MPLS are examples where there are an abundant of services Providing one-seat ride is too expensive when drivers have to be paid to/from garages while there are empty seats of the existing routes in these areas.If frequencies are high on major local routes connections will be faster. Two millions dollars for redundant services can be save by reducing duplication and reduce labour cost on low ridership routes. In 1-2 years METC would ask for more money to operate the buses.Too many buses are idling wasting fuel also running a/c and the heat even they does not need to.

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The Regional Parks Policy Plan should emphasize maintaining the quality of natural resources in our regional parks. High-quality natural areas and water resources must be preserved and, in areas where they already have been degraded, they should be restored. Greenway corridors should connect these places, but not necessarily be developed through these valuable green spaces. These natural areas will only become more valuable as the areas around them become more developed.

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This is exactly what happens when government programs are instituted. These things CANNOT stand on their own, hence expansion is always needed to support the parasite. This is why we have city, county and state government. The MetCouncil, like all gvmt programs, starts out with a noble goal, uniting infrastructure needs between Mpls and St. Paul. And now look. a 2040 vision to essentially take control of all inner AND outer ring suburbs. Then what? a 2060 vision to control all transportation needs for the state? This is garbage. The MetCouncil needs to be abolished. They've done their job, now go away.

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This is exactly what happens when government programs are instituted. These things CANNOT stand on their own, hence expansion is always needed to support the parasite. This is why we have city, county and state government. The MetCouncil, like all gvmt programs, starts out with a noble goal, uniting infrastructure needs between Mpls and St. Paul. And now look. a 2040 vision to essentially take control of all inner AND outer ring suburbs. Then what? a 2060 vision to control all transportation needs for the state? This is garbage. The MetCouncil needs to be abolished. They've done their job, now go away.

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This is exactly what happens when government programs are instituted. These things CANNOT stand on their own, hence expansion is always needed to support the parasite. This is why we have city, county and state government. The MetCouncil, like all gvmt programs, starts out with a noble goal, uniting infrastructure needs between Mpls and St. Paul. And now look. a 2040 vision to essentially take control of all inner AND outer ring suburbs. Then what? a 2060 vision to control all transportation needs for the state? This is garbage. The MetCouncil needs to be abolished. They've done their job, now go away.

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Ct x over 4 years ago

More buses should go from North side all the way to South side Minneapolis and other areas of the twin cities to help improve commute times for people who have to travel far distances

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