Response Page -
Peter Bell Interview
- Transit Financing & Met Council
These comments are responses
to the questions listed below,
which were generated in regard to the
interview of 04-18-08.
1. __5.5 average__ On a scale of (0)
strongly disagree, to (5) neutral, to (10) strongly agree, how do you
feel about Bell's concern that new sales tax funding might be too
generous for rail projects at the expense of regular bus service?
2. (please check one) Which of the
following options most closely resembles your view about who should
serve on the Metropolitan Council?
__13__ appointees of the Governor
__8 __ individuals directly elected by
__4 __ representatives of city and county
Glenn Dorfman (10) (2)
1. 10, but it is what the authors intended.
2. Elected, or repeal authority of Met Council because it is an
of benign government.
"How do I feel?" or "what do I think?" I feel badly that how I feel
than what I think. This is a particularly disturbing midwestern/Minnesota
of political correctness speak. Most people "feel" something about
everything but think little about the solutions to the problems of the
Finally, focusing on feelings makes it more difficult to resolve civic
since we are preoccupied with how what we think makes others feel as
making difficult choices that will make the "losers" feel badly.
Don Fraser (5) (2)
Perhaps some modified election system. Combinations of elected and
appointed folks might be worth considering- for example, if each of
the county boards appointed one (presumably not one of their
colleagues or staff) and the rest were elected. Or an election that
was based in part on some at-large members, with other members being
elected from some sort of district. These are not well-thought
through, but might illustrate the kind of possibilities I had in mind.
I don't like the governor running everything.
David Broden (0) (1)
The appointed process as is--is the only way for this group to stay
even close to being objective and not pulled by various interests. If
the appointment process is working effectively, quality people will be
appointed and results will follow.
Wayne Jennings (5) (1)
I'm uncertain on these issues.
Sally Olsen (7) (1)
Pat Lichty (5) (1)
My only concern about appointments by the governor has to do with the
history of severe, uncompromising and partisan stances Pawlenty has
taken towards transportation issues. In spite of Pawlenty's record, I
continue to believe that truly regional government in this area is
best so continue to support governor appointments.
Lyall Schwarzkopf (9) (1)
Charles Lutz (4) (2)
Chuck Slocum (5) (1)
When a governor takes interest, the Met Council can bring about
positive change, ala Governors LeVander and Anderson.
This was an interesting discussion and I admire Peter. The use of
buses is critical to the region but the longer view must include
transitways as well. The 50% federal match is something to consider. I
believe that the Met Council should be more responsible for metro area
transportation and view the country oversight as less able to
integrate a regional transportation. I also believe that the Minnesota
governor should take more interest and leadership within the metro
region through the council.
Greer Lockhart (0) (2)
The Metropolitan Council has failed to live up to the high hopes we
had for it, and I believe that is directly related to the fact that
the Council has been appointed by the Governor and not elected by the
people as we originally recommended. I could go on and on, but the
best argument for an elected council is the relative ineffectiveness
of the appointed council to date.
Clarence Shallbetter (8) (1)
I have always had a high regard for Peter Bell and as a citizen, I
would be more confident in his judgment on these matters than my own.
Larry Baker (?) (2)
Why isn't he advocating more taxes to pay for a transit system that
includes both? How much longer can we wait?
John R. Finnegan, Sr. (4) (3)
Rail service needs funding now; buses will get their required support
Pam Ellison (0) (2)
Metropolitan Council is a great organization, but as long as they have
the ability to take one dime in taxes from the public, they need to be
elected by the people for the people.
Ray Schmitz (7) (1)
I see both sides of the election/appointment argument, taxation
without election is a problem, is there another model. Perhaps linking
them more to the governor, that is he has to approve their plans would
make it more acceptable. That being said they have functioned for this
long with minimal issues so why fix what may not be broken, that is
except in the minds of recently new on the scene county commissioners
who are feeling their oats.
Robert J. Brown ( 7) (1)
Steve Alderson (10) (2)
It is time for an elected council. I must say as a former regional
transportation planner that I am impressed by Bell's conversation with
you. He has a good grasp of the issues and a realist grasp of transit
Scott Halstead (0) (2)
I think a metro area income tax would be a much better and fairer
source of funding transit than the sales tax. The Legislature through
its optional sales tax is making a poor system worse. Transit needs to
effectively serve urban and suburban communities, and our first two
light rail systems do nothing to provide suburban residents with a
transit option. If there aren't major changes, we will have more
similar local transit projects and gridlock on our highways.
Jay Kiedrowski (6) (3)
Paul Hauge (3) (1)
Tim McDonald (7) (1)
Malcolm McLean (7) (1)
I found Peter Bell's comments extraordinarily interesting. I think all
of us know there are many complexities in government but his recital
of different funding sources, various judicatories, a large number of
significant tasks for the Met Council, etc. were impressive. I learned
something from it.
Carolyn Ring (8) (1)
Larry and Ann Schluter (9) (3)
Carolyn Ring (8) (1 & 3)
A combination of governor's appointees and representatives of county
and, perhaps, city government might be a good idea.
Ray Ayotte (5) (3)
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