Category Archives: Politics

Two Takes on Suburban Transit

I am a regular reader of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper.  Generally, I think the paper does a good job of covering news from across the Twin Cities and throughout the state. Sometimes, however, it seems to me that the paper goes … Continue reading

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Southwest Suburban Cable Commission

No one, I’m quite sure, is waiting breathlessly to hear about the results of last night’s Southwest Suburban Cable Commission meeting. But, in the interest of keeping Eden Prairie residents and blog readers worldwide informed, here’s what happened. But first … Continue reading

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Some Good Financial News, For A Change

Throughout the fall and early winter of 2008, the City Council and City staff struggled to find the right balance of spending & taxing and services & service reductions for the 2009 City budget. The City’s 2008 General Fund budget … Continue reading

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Friday Report for January 15, 2010

OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER   Friday Report DATE: January 15, 2010 TO: Mayor and City Council FROM: Scott H. Neal, City Manager RE: Friday Report for January 15, 2010 1. MLC Regional Breakfast Meeting – The annual Municipal Legislative Commission … Continue reading

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Sooner Than We Think?

Who would have thought that when former Gov. Jesse Ventura began his term as our Governor on January 8, 1999, that we would be riding a new light rail train connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America just five … Continue reading

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Off and Running in a New Year

The City Council held its annual organizational meeting last night. The annual organizational meeting is typically a quick one, and last night’s meeting was no exception – 35 minutes. The Council uses its organizational meeting to make a number of … Continue reading

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Economic Review and Preview

I am a member of the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club. Each week we gather together on Tuesday mornings for breakfast and a program. This morning’s program was an economist from a Twin Cities investment adviser who gave us his … Continue reading

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Un-Unallotment

Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin gave Governor Tim Pawlenty an unexpected and unappreciated surprise last week when she declared that his decision to unallot budgeted funds from a particular state government food program was unconstitutional. You can read … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere? No. It’s not.

There is an interesting op ed article (at least I think it’s op ed) in today’s Star Tribune business section about water. Read it at this link: Water, water everywhere? Not anymore. The title of the article is a paraphrasing … Continue reading

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Road Bucks

This is a photo of a group of hard working local officials from Eden Prairie, Edina, Bloomington and Scott County who attended the October meeting of the The Economic Club of Minnesota to hear an address on the future of … Continue reading

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Minnesota Taxpayer’s Association

The Minnesota Taxpayer’s Association is a good source of non-partisan information about government operations and spending in Minnesota’s state, county and local governments. Sure, there are other advocacy groups that claim to represent the interest of taxpayers, but I think … Continue reading

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City Endorses SWLRT Route 3A

The City Council met last night. It was a short agenda. Among the actions from last night’s meeting, the Council approved a resolution that endorsed proposed Route 3A for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transitway. The Council previously endorsed Route … Continue reading

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Friday Report on Monday

I know it’s Monday, but here’s my Friday Report from last Friday. Enjoy! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Friday Report: August 14, 2009 1. Cummins-Grill Crash Site Update – The NTSB has completed the removal of the plane wreckage from the Cummins-Grill property. The … Continue reading

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LGA

LGA = Local Government Aid. In Minnesota, the state government has a system where it provides financial assistance to some cities through a complex formula that tries to approximate a city’s needs with its capacity to satisfy its own needs. … Continue reading

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2010-2011 Budget Season Is On

Finance Manager Sue Kotchevar and I presented the 1st draft of the City’s proposed 2010-2011 budget to the Budget Advisory Commission last night. The budget making process is highly truncated this year because of our goal to flatten our spending … Continue reading

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