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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.

jovan bedessi about 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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Minneapolis x over 5 years ago

It's really taking up a lot of space that could be used for a real city, like Minneapolis.

Minneapolis would be able to expand and we would clean up the Twin Cities by removing the trash heap known as Saint Paul.

Of course we will have to ship the residents of Saint Paul someplace more fitting (since they will not be able to adapt to living in a real city). I think we could ship them off to Des Moines. It's the perfect setting for them, boring, slow, dismal. It's like Mecca for them.

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New authority to impose regionally-administered development impact fees, to cover the costs of regional systems in newly developing areas and of added loads on the region’s transportation network. (Yes, this would require action by the Legislature.)   The following excerpt is from: John Adams, "A New Twin Cities: The Shape of Things to Come," in CURA Reporter, v. 36, Winter 2006.  http://www.cura.umn.edu/sites/cura.advantagelabs.com/files/publications/36-4-Adams.pdf Fair Prices and Development Impact Fees. A series of reports prepared by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies…  illustrate how public and private policies have subsidized migration outward from the central cities, leaving core areas with the problems but without the financial means to resolve them. Since World War II, fast-growing suburban areas have regularly received public goods,
services, infrastructure, and utilities for which they failed to pay full price, while the costs accumulated elsewhere [clip]… [Solution:]
The authorization of [regional] development impact fees by the legislature, and their implementation by counties and cities in the greater Twin Cities area, would produce several consequences:
• Developers, builders, and their customers would pay something closer to the full costs of off-site improvements required to serve their new developments rather than passing along those costs to property owners and taxpayers at other places and at later times.
• Over a several-decade period, there would be an increase in development densities as land would be used less extravagantly with lower subsidy attached.
• Higher development densities would promote transit development and support transit use.
• Reinvestment in built-up areas would compete on a more even playing field with new development on greenfield sites.

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 Fire 90% of the met council staff. Stop taking "free" money from the federal government, it is coming out of the taxpayer's pockets. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Stop subsidizing trains. Leave a bare bones bus system and metropolitan areas sewers in the met council's jurisdiction. Everything else they do is destructive.

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Researchers, developers, engineers, other scientists, business, students, let alone patients and commuters should be able to seamlessly transit between the economic engine of Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and a world leader in state of the art medicine, the Mayo Clinic, on a bullet train. This would set up Minnesota, and the Twin Cities and Rochester in particular, as an even better equipped region to confront a quickly developing and advancing world. While this project is not entirely in the Metropolitan Council's jurisdiction, the Council should still recognize the Mayo Clinic as an asset to the Twin Cities.  The Council should work with their counterpart in Rochester and push this project as a state priority. 

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Blake J almost 6 years ago

Power lines are an outdated and cheap alternative method of running electricity. While it is not practical to bury every power line in the Twin Cities, whenever serious infrastructure is being rebuilt or redone, the relevant municipalities under the guidence of the Metropolitan Council should consider investing in the burial of overhead lines. Falling trees, high winds, and heavy ice can not cause power outages on buried power lines. 

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